Apera Bags

Good afternoon!


This morning I had the perfect hot weather breakfast – cold plain Greek yogurt mixed with Truvia, blueberries, and raspberries.


Yum! I added a couple of egg whites on the side for some extra protein.

Today’s Workout:

  • Upper body strength training – 30 minutes
  • Hip bridges, single leg hip bridges, and stretching – 15 minutes
  • Arc trainer – 12 minutes

I haven’t worked out at the gym all week because of my wonderful hip and I was starting to have gym withdraws. I went in this morning without really have a plan in place. I hate going to the gym without a plan. I knew that I wanted to do some upper body strength training that wouldn’t really bother my hip.

I ended up doing the following supersets (repeated back to back with a minute rest in between each superset) three times each.

Superset #1:

  • Row Machine x12
  • Lat Pulldown x12

Superset #2:

  • Deadlifts x12
  • Deadrows x12

Superset #3

  • Cross Body Biceps Curls x12
  • EZ Bar Biceps Curls x12

Superset #4:

  • Renegade Rows (plank to row) x12
  • Hammer Curls x8 <— My arms were jello by this time and I could only manage 8 reps.

Apera Bags

I brought my new Apera Bag with me to the gym this morning.


I was recently contacted by Apera to try out one of their gym bags. After browsing their website, I jumped at the chance especially because my current gym bag is showing lots of wear and tear and it was time for a new one.

I got the performance duffel bag.


I was really intrigued with the Apera bags because they’re designed to be healthier. They have built in antimicrobial protection which prevents bacterial odors from growing on the bag.

It has vented compartments which allows air flow so your sweaty gym clothes don’t stink up your bag. It has wipeable lining which can be easily cleaned. All Apera bags also come with a washable insert bag to store sweaty or wet clothing.


As soon as I got this bag, I knew I was going to love it. First off, it’s big. I love big gym bags and purses. I like to carry a lot of stuff around with me. I love that it can fit a pair of shoes in it. I often wear boots to the gym in the winter and this bag is perfect to put my shoes in. I have been known to forget my shoes on occasion…


It can be worn on your shoulder or as a messenger bag. I love having the option of being hands-free. I also like that it has so many different pockets to keep all my different things – snack, water bottle, phone, gym towel, BodyPump DVDs, iPod, etc.

If you’re in the market for a new bag, I definitely recommend  Apera Bags.

Post Workout

Right after my workout, I had a Next Step protein shake in French Vanilla.


I mixed the packet with 8 oz of water in the blender bottle. I was surprised at how delicious it was – when it was gone, I wished I had more! It was 140 calories with 14 grams of protein.

After my workout, I went to Whole Foods and bought my weekly sushi and salad. While I was there, I was excited to see that they had the new thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber Bars.

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I bought one in every flavor to try out!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you carry a gym bag? What’s in it?
  • What do you eat/drink after a workout?

Disclaimer: I received an Apera bag at no charge to me. I also received the Next Step protein shake and bottle from Vox Box at no charge. All opinions are completely my own.



Filed under Fitness, Product Review, Working Out

5 Responses to Apera Bags

  1. Marlene

    I have this exact bag & I love it!!

  2. Amy

    Sounds like a great bag. I had what you had for breakfast as an after dinner snack.

  3. Ooh, I wanna try the chocolate almond brownie bar. Let us know which you end up liking best!

    That bag looks like what I need. I currently am using a bag that is not meant to keep my sweaty gym clothes in. I’ll have to see if they offer other colors.

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