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Locker Room Time Savers

For those of us who sneak out of the office to get in a quick workout at lunch, anything that can cut time down in the locker room is helpful.

  • Forget layering sports bra and shirt, instead slip into an all-in-one sports top with built in bra.
  • Only pack the necessities in your bag so you're not left fumbling around to find your gear. I like to put my socks inside my shoes the night before so they're already together.
  • Avoid spending time unraveling iPod cords by investing in a cord keeper. I like the SmarterWrap cord manager ($4.99).
  • Instead of using a headband, put hair in a loose ponytail. This will preserve volume and eliminate time at the blow dryer post workout.
  • Take a "body shower" and use dry shampoo to freshen up hair.

There are a few more time saving tips for the locker room, so

  • Forget about fidgeting with bottles in the shower, wash your face and bod with the cleansing cloths. I like the ones by Dove.
  • Keep makeup in a see through case (or even ziplock bag) so you can see what you're grabbing for and aren't left searching frantically for your eyeliner.
  • If possible, avoid the prime lunch rush and head to the gym a little earlier or later to avoid waiting in lines for the showers, hair dryers, etc.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
Great tips, even though I don't work out at a gym, these are great tips for traveling or quickly freshening up after a workout.
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
I love me some dry shampoo! I have thin hair that, if not washed, like, every two hours, can look lank and this makes it full, bouncy, and not oily. It's really great. The stuff I have is by Bumble & Bumble and is actually white (my hair is blonde) but they do make it in different colors - brunette, blonde, etc. Just have to rub it in really well or else it looks like you sprinkled talcum powder all over!
millarci millarci 9 years
Thanks for the tips. I always feel like I spend way too much time in the locker room getting ready. Can you recommend a good all-in-one sports top with built in bra? Thanks!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Thank you so much for this! I was even planning on going today during lunch and I'm hoping I can use my time efficiently while I'm there!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
These are great tips!!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I need to try that dry shampoo! I wonder if it's color safe. I have hair that HAS to be dried, otherwise it's a short, wavy mess so that might work perfectly!
sneerybobcat sneerybobcat 9 years
Thanks for the tips. I especially love the one about using the ziplock bag.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I wish I could go at lunchtime! I mean, I coullllddd but it would be super rushed and I hate feeling rushed at the gym!
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