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What’s in My Gym Bag: What the Founder of Cultivate365 Carries to Go From Sweaty to Ready

Photo by Jesse DeYoung.

Welcome to What’s in My Gym Bag, a look at what trainers, coaches, and other health and fitness pros around DC keep on-hand when they’re living out of a locker. What’s in your gym bag? Email me at

Who: Corey Phelps, 38, DC
Does: Founder and creator of Cultivate365, an online fitness and empowerment program for women. Phelps also hosts “Sweat-n-Sip” pop-ups that pair fitness classes with happy hours in DC and its surrounding areas.
Gym Bag Thoughts: “A girl’s gym bag contents are pretty crucial. The items inside help a workout run smoothly or give you the ability to transform from sweaty to meeting a friend for dinner in a jiffy.”

MZ Wallace Tote

“This tote is super lightweight, has lots of pockets, and is the perfect size.” MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote, $215,

APL Shoes

“Lightweight and so comfortable.” Athletic Propulsion Labs Women’s Techloom Phantom Running Shoe in White/Cosmic Grey, $165,

Stance Socks

“The Invisible ones are my favorite.” Stance De Lux Invisible, $10,

Kitsch Hair Ties

“These stay put, don’t break or crease my hair, and look kinda cute when you keep one on your wrist.” Kitsch 4 Piece Hair Coil Set in Redhead Rose, $7,

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

“It’s leak-proof and BFA-free.” Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle 18 oz. in Blueberry, $29.95,

Klorane Dry Shampoo

“I try not to wash my hair too often, and being in the sweat business, this stuff is a lifesaver. I like my hair a little better a day or two post-shampoo now that I’ve found this.” Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $20,

Herban Essentials Towelettes

These are perfect for a quick clean up and are so refreshing.” Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Essential Oil Towelettes, $7,

LaVanila Deodorant

“I traded toxic deodorant a few years ago and haven’t looked back. I love this one. It works and smells divine.” LaVanila Sport Luxe Healthy Deodorant, $14,

Organic Coconut Oil

“I love this one for so many reasons, but any product that performs multiple jobs is a winner in my book. I use it on my body, hair, and lips!” Conscious Coconut Oil, $17,

Suntegrity Sunscreen

“It’s a primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen all in one. It’s also non-toxic and environmentally-friendly.” Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $45,

Tata Harper Eye Crème

“Can’t live without this stuff.” Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème, $105,

Benefit Cosmetics Mascara

“I haven’t jumped on the eyelash extension train, and this stuff kinda makes me look like I have. Seriously, I don’t wear much makeup, but this mascara rocks. It’s often the only makeup I put on.” Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Beyond Mascara in Black, $27,

Bose Wireless Headphones

“The sound quality is amazing.” Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, $149,

Moleskine Journal

“I have the best ideas when I workout. I keep a notebook handy to jot them down. I also keep a log of my workouts as well as my clients, a running to-do list, and goals.” Moleskine Caheir Journals, 3-pack, $10,

Stasher Reusable Bag

“These are reusable and nontoxic. I typically fill it with a post-workout snack or meal depending on the day.” Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag, $12,

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Kim Olsen
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Kim Olsen joined Washingtonian in 2016 after moving to DC from Pittsburgh, where she earned an MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Alexandria.