“What’s in Your Bag?” – A Handle Bar Exclusive

by amy frankenthaler

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Sarah C is just SHOCKED at whats in her bag!

Have you seen our new merchandise? We just got in, beautiful Herschel Supply (@herschelsupply) bags in gorgeous spring colors! Our instructors and staff could not keep their hands off them!! Four of our awesome Handle Bar instructors were asked the question “What’s in your bag?”, so we had them empty out their bags and show us! See below for their creative responses!


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Here we go gang, behold, the contents of my bag. Some items of note:

  1. A Handle Bar sticky memo: Thanks to the lovely desk staff, I always know exactly where my new riders are sitting, all written on this HB sticky note. I got my eyes on you, newbs. 🙂
  2. Almay lip color: A little trick I learned from instructor Eve. Gotta look good for a room full of riders!
  3. Shure mic belt: So I can make “shure” that the mic pack stays safe and secure for class (See what I did there?).
  4. Extra sports bra and Handle Bar tank: I’m always on the go, so I have to carry extra (ahem, dry) workout gear for post class activities. (Brunch anyone?)
  5. Snacks: I’ve become that person who seriously NEVER travels without a snack. You can always count on me to have something to munch on.
  6. The Fifth Watches timepiece: My favorite everyday watch. This bad boy can’t hang in a spin class, he’s got to stay safe in my bag.
  7. Frends Layla headphones: I legit can’t go anywhere without these. They connect me to my music! And they are so fun to wear. I can’t even count how many times strangers have asked me what I’m listening to because I bop and dance around, thinking I’m in my own little world with these on.
  8. The Handle Bar Herschel bag in army green: Because I need something stylish, durable and fun to carry all my things!

Jenn Q (@jmquinlan90)

The question isn’t really what is in my bag, it is what is NOT in my bag!  I basically live out of a bag so I always have an array of essentials to get me from class to work and home with no mishaps!  I am always on the go and carrying a ton of things, so the HB backpack is the perfect way to free up my hands (so I can hold onto that coffee cup), and keep all my things in one place as I’m running out the door.  In order to get to class I need to have my car keys and wallet…cant get far without those, but in terms of spinning items, I  have the necessities, such as my shoes, my mic belt, my folder of playlists, plenty of pens for last minute choreography corrections, a pair of headphones to help me make sure I know those songs inside and out, ALWAYS a water bottle, and of course, my cell phone!  Can’t get through life or class without that. 

Given that I teach solely morning classes, there are lots of little things that I need to make sure i have to allow for a quick clean up after class before hitting the 9-5! (I know my roosters can relate touBGaj7Yp_35iTipBYkTME7aZFEGhO8YOKzPT87Dq52XLAN67ToHk1IFClX6zGQwOvgI0_U5OAvJeCOvrLtRZm4Oy3EA=s2048 that)  Facial wipes and moisturizer are essentials.  I also make sure I always have deodorant, perfume, baby powder and a hair brush to make my hair presentable, and Aquaphor.  Although a little tube, that stuff is my miracle worker.  From chap stick, to eye make up remover and a dry skin reliever that magic potion does it all, and I literally do not leave the house without it in at least one of my bags!

I keep a bag inside my bag (Yes, i have a couple of those) to put all my sweaty clothes in after class, and one that holds my outfit I will be changing into after class.  Teaching in the morning is all about trial and error, and believe me, I have learned a couple lessons the hard way. Because of that, I always keep at least 1 pair of spare socks in my bag.  Especially now that the weather is turning around and we will start wearing flip flops to the studio, I never know when myself, or a rider may need a pair of socks, and luckily I can come to the rescue when it happens.

The last couple random things I throw in that bag are a headband and hand sanitizer.  Sometimes the hair just doesn’t cooperate, and when that is the case, throwing on a headbands makes everything better.  Finally, the hand sanitizer.  Fun fact–I’m kinda a germaphobe.  My bedside table, my car, my desk at work, my purse, my gym bag…no matter where you look, you will notice I always have a little bottle of hand sanitizer.  At this point it has become more of a mental habit i think, but I always need a bottle in arms reach–and thank god for the bottle at the front desk of both HB locations, I use it every single morning before I walk out the door.

So yes, I put my entire life into that mighty HB backpack, and now that you know what is in it, if you ever forget anything, you know where to find me!


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Candice P (@CandicePeak) and pup Scooter!

I am constantly on the go, so I have many essentials that you would consistently find in my bag. The bigger the bag, the better for me! I am loving the new Herschel duffel because it has the long strap, just in case I need to have my hands free while chasing my dog Scooter around and it has the short straps as well! It’s not only an awesome gym bag, but will be great for a long weekends away too. Here is what you will find in my bag on a day to day basis:

Lots of thick headbands—My hair is ridiculously long and a but unruly when working out so the “At The Beach” headbands and the Lululemon bang buster headband perfectly tames my lion’s mane.

Dry Shampoo-After I teach a double on Tuesday mornings, I have about 30 min to make the switch into my corporate attire and doing a full wash of my hair usually isn’t an option. I swear by Dove dry shampoo and would recommend it to anyone who needs to skip a wash a few times a week.

Eos lip balm/ Burts Bees tinted lip balm— I’m a lip balm addict. Eos is great for before a run or before I teach and I love the Burts Bees tinted lip balm for work.

iPad mini-I make all my playlists on my trusty iPad and its tiny so I can pop into any purse. I also use it for checking email quickly and for catching up on my reading with the Kindle app.

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Running sneakers-I’m currently training for my 8th half marathon in May and I will be running the NYC Marathon for the second time in November. New Balance 1400s sneakers are my favorite and the pair pictured here are also glow in the dark!

Hand wraps—I love going to Box FIIT classes at The Club in Fort Point. Sometimes it’s nice to relieve some stress by throwing on some boxing gloves and hitting a bag as hard as you can. (Watch out!!)

Sunglasses-I feel incomplete if I accidentally leave my sunglasses at home… They are in my bag year-round and they double as a great headband indoors! I have about three pairs scattered about in different bags.

Water/Kind Bar—I constantly have water with me. With how active I am, it’s important for me to stay hydrated throughout the day. Kind Bars are an absolute lifeline for me. I’m known to get a little hangry so I usually have one on hand in case of emergency.


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Sarah M (@sar_maguire) and baby Liam!

We’ll start with the baby stuff. As everyone knows we welcomed our first baby into the world at the very end of 2014. I have quickly learned to never leave home without the following: 1. extra diapers 2. wipes 3. pacifier 4. burp cloth 5. hand sanitizer. No one likes a screaming baby with a dirty diaper!

My normal everyday essentials include my wallet, keys to my car, my Ray-Bans and my glasses because I am blind but have a fear of contacts. I also can’t live without good ol’ regular chap stick and Tums.

As for my work essentials…I am a real estate broker and I am always on the go. I have back to back showings throughout the city all day and my iPad serves as a virtual listinHVh4m2UxbF5r5ziTMMpshnjzgLDVcFLqXI6a03sXla49J5A8CYMlyNInj8aoc4EiLpEButa9ZVjiLr2AailnO6v9QwU=s2048g sheet and allows me to take notes for my clients. I can also look up other homes for sale in the area on the fly. Even though I rely heavily on my phone and iPad for business, I would not be able to function without my actual weekly planner. I do not use the calendar features on my phone or iPad, instead I write everything down in my planner and I always carry a stack of business cards. I almost always have a folder full of listing sheets, comps, client info, notes and you may even find a Handle Bar class plan in there as well!

My water bottle, spin shoes and head band come everywhere with me. You never know when you’re going to be able to pop in and take a class. Also, if I don’t always keep those things on me I am more likely to forget them when it’s time to teach!


What do you have in your bag? Tweet us at @The_Handle_Bar and tell us! Carry something in common with an instructor, tweet at them!

When posting don’t forget the hashtags: #whatsinmybag #inmybag #HBexclusive!

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