Payal Kadakia is staying on brand. “I mean, I love working out, clearly,” the founder of ClassPass tells Us. “Literally in a week, I will do a barre class, a Pilates class, spin class and yoga.” Because Kadakia is always in and out of fitness sessions, the monogrammed Cuyana tote she carries to work every day has also become her gym bag: “Literally, I’m small and I don’t like carrying two things, so my purse and my gym bag are the same thing.”
The dancer and entrepreneur, 36, takes Us on a tour of her gym bag.
“I always carry my barre socks with me, I just always need them with me. I’m one of those people who, if I end up getting a break in my day and all the sudden I can pop into a barre class, I’ll just go. You know? Because it’s one of those things where I’m like, I can go to class and come back to the office in a sec, so I love doing that.”
Her Bread and Butter Is Water and Almonds
“You have to stay hydrated so I always carry water with me. I have a S’well ClassPass water bottle. And I love almonds. They’re a great source of protein and fiber, and I just feel like right before a class, you don’t want to eat a lot, you want to feel like you can get through the class. And even after. You just sometimes are really hungry, but you only want something that’s gonna hold you over to that next meal.”
“I always feel like the workout jacket game has to be strong. I have tons of little jackets. I have a lot of Alo Yoga. I have a white Alo jacket that has netted holes in it, I wear a ton of that. There’s this new brand called Mira Rae Active, which I like as well. They have a cute jacket. I wear Lululemon. I have a cute navy jacket from there. I feel like there are so many brands always coming out; it’s actually so fun. I love, love Nimble’s leggings and sports bras.
Sneaking In Workouts
“I’m usually wearing sneakers. But If I’m wearing heels, I’ll definitely carry some with me. I love Nike, and I have a whole bunch of travel pairs. If I know I’m going to barre, I’ll even sometimes do my ballet flats instead because I know I can just take off my socks and put my ballet flats on as well.”
“I have all my electronic stuff, but it’s more of like a tech entrepreneur thing. I always carry my Bose headphones with me and my laptop. It’s rose gold, I like the color of it.”
“Always have bobby pins in your bag! And hair ties and a comb. I like to throw my hair up in a bun right after a workout. I always feel like if you just do that and slap on some eyeliner, you’re ready for the day.”
With reporting by Travis Cronin
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