What’s in a (Pregnant) Fitness Instructor’s Gym Bag?

Liz Hosman, who teaches at Boston Sports Clubs, is expecting her first child.

For most of us, simply remembering to pack a gym bag is a victory. But for those who’ve made careers out of health and fitness, it’s all in a day’s work. In this series, we’ll take you inside those expertly packed bags.

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Liz Hosman’s gym bag/Photo provided

Liz Hosman

The Pro: Hosman is a fitness instructor at Boston Sports Clubs, where she teaches cross-training and conditioning classes. Oh, and she does it all while pregnant—she’s expecting her first child in July.

The Bag: Like many New Englanders, Hosman relies on L.L. Bean. She carries her things in the brand’s Boat and Tote bag.

The Contents:

1. Water bottle: Hydration comes first, whether you’re expecting or not.

2. Redken Rough Paste: Hosman keeps her short hair tamed with this thick styling cream.

3. Nike Frees: “I am and always have been obsessed with Nike’s Free line, a lightweight, flexible shoe with amazing support,” she says.

4. Bella B Tummy Honey Butter: Hosman discovered this product through Bump Boxes, and uses it to ward off stretch marks. “I’ll keep you posted in a few months to see if the claims are accurate,” she jokes.

5. Luna bar: Whether you’re eating for two or just training hard, protein is important. Hosman relies on these portable bars to get her daily dose pre- or post-workout.

6. iPhone Lightning Adapter: “You don’t ever want to be caught without one of these if you have an iPhone 7, or else you may have a class without music,”—a.k.a, the fitness kiss of death.

7. Spotify: A great playlist is an absolute must during a tough class. Hosman builds hers on Spotify.

8. Yogitoes headbands: “These headbands are perfect for the stubborn front pieces [of hair] and also prevent sweat from getting into your eyes,” Hosman says.

9. Too Faced Born This Way concealer: “This concealer can be used under the eyes, around the nose, or really anywhere,” Hosman says. Bonus points for the light, non-cakey feel.

10. Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil: This compact lives up to its name, taking up minimal real estate in a full gym bag.

11. FitBit Charge HR (Not pictured): “When I found out I was expecting in October, my doctor advised me to keep my heart rate in the 140 to 150 range, so I purchased my very first FitBit,” Hosman explains. “Unfortunately, pregnancy brain got the best of me here and I forgot to include it in the photo. But I don’t hit the gym without it.”