What’s In My Gym Bag: Chef Robert Irvine

We’re taking a peek inside our favorite health and fitness experts’ gym bags to uncover their must-have gear and favorite products.

Name: Robert Irvine, celebrity chef, star of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, and author of Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit and Living Your Best Life.

My workout: I spend about 350 days on the road each year, but working out is always a priority. I’m a Gold’s guy, so if there is a Gold’s Gym around, I’ll find it. I usually do about an hour of quality strength work, then about 20 to 30 minutes of cardio. I try to hit four exercises per body part. I find this gives me an aerobic workout that also burns fat. I’ve outlined quite a few of my favorite routines in my new book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit and Living Your Best Life.

When I’m on the road, I always enjoy working out with my team. It’s a great opportunity for us to spend some good time together without the pressures of work. I also like to watch them sweat trying to keep up! I also try to get outside with my girls as often as possible. Nothing can replace the one-on-one time you get with your kids.

What’s in my gym bag:

  1. Evogen nutritional supplements: I’m very picky when it comes to nutritional supplements. I only use Evogen products, as I know and trust its founder, my friend Hany Rambod. For pre-workout support, I’ll use EVP Plus. I’ll go with GlycoJect for a mid-workout boost, and Cell K.E.M. after workouts. Carnigen is also a great product in the Evogen line that mainly supports fat loss.

  2. Shaker cup: Whether I’m filling it with water or to shake in my pre- or post-workout supplements, I always bring along a snap-lid shaker cup. Right now, I have the Gold’s Gym Basic Shaker in my bag. It’s a nice size, BPA-free, and I’ve never had to worry about leaks or a loose closure.

  3. FitCrunch bars: My FitCrunch bars are packed with protein, which is the sustainable energy source that keeps you from getting fatigued during your workout and helps you avoid exhaustion after.

  4. Gym towel: Staying dry during your workout has obvious benefits of comfort and staying cool, but a good gym towel also supports a safer workout. After all, sweat makes your equipment slippery — and that’s a concern when you’re working with weights and bench presses.

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  • SPRI resistance band: If you’re on the go and don’t know if you can get to a gym, the resistance band is a great and convenient piece of equipment to have around. You can do things like row pulls and pull-aparts by wrapping the band around a fixed column.

  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus running shoes: Whether I’m at the gym or on the road, a good pair of running shoes is all I need to ensure I can get in some good cardio.

  • Extra T-shirt and shorts: I always bring an extra T-shirt and pair of dry-mesh shorts for those more intense or outdoor workouts that require a fresh change halfway through.

  • Bose earbuds: I have quite a few go-to songs and artists that help me get in the zone, so I usually have a set of earbuds in while I’m working out.

  • Weightlifting gloves: If weight training is as much a part of your workout as it is mine, it’s important to invest in a good pair of weightlifting gloves to protect your hands and prevent calluses.

  • Fit Fuel fitness guide: I put a lot of thought into the workouts I’ve outlined in my book, Fit Fuel. I pretty much know my workout mission before I walk in the gym, but I like to have Fit Fuel there as a reference to ensure I’ve covered all my bases.


Chef, author, and television personality Robert Irvine. (Photo courtesy of Robert Irvine)

This story is part of What’s In My Gym Bag, a Yahoo Health series taking a look at the cool gear and products in our favorite health and fitness experts’ workout bags. Show us what’s in YOUR gym bag by snapping a photo, posting it on Instagram, and tagging #YHGymBag.

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