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    >> had to do what we did as women that would be a workout in itself, between the spanx, the bra, the heels. i came across some really cool towels. this is by towel mate. they have all different colors, not just pink. basically when you are cleaning the equipment in the gym, one side keeps the bacteria, the other side is clean. but what's also cool about this is that you can stick it on your shoulder and it even has a pocket so you can stick your keys or gym card in there so it is all in one. they have a bunch for the beach. at the beach can you put your phone in. this is also really cool for a mission. they have towels that are instant cooling towels. if you're overheating in the summer and you are working out, you wet it and snap it and feel how cold that gets. dwight howard and a bunch of athletes -- they say it really does help cool you down. it is great for kids if they're overheating.

    >> that's really nice.

    >> $14.99. very smart.

    >> you dunk it in water, wring it out and flip it?

    >> yeah.

    >> if you go to gym-pact.com, check out this idea. it is a website where you commit a certain number of workouts per week. for a little bit of money. for a little bit of money, like 50 cents , 75 cents . if you check in at the gym the money's yours but if you don't show up for your workout the money goes to other people who worked out. it is a website that you can just for a couple quarters it helps you commit and the study shows -- you give 50 cents per work out to make sure you actually go to the gym. if you don't show up for the gym and miss your workouts, you give up your change. can add up but they said it motivates to get you to the gym. these are cool foldable shoes from timberland. you couldn't get your backpack muddy.

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updated 4/27/2012 9:35:20 AM ET 2012-04-27T13:35:20

Looking for the perfect beach towel?  Wondering how to actually get yourself to the gym? TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas has some ideas.

Tricked-out towels
I fell in love with this concept the moment I heard about it! TowelMate towels come ready for fun at the beach, picnic or gym with a hidden pocket for your phone, sunglasses, wallet and more so you can get up, run around with the kids or take a stroll. Other available features include built-in pillow and dual-sided design with germ shield, so you can wipe your face and gym equipment without worry ($25-45, TowelMate.com).

Cardio commitment
Gym-pact.com is a clever website where you commit to a certain number of workouts per week for a small sum of money. Once you check in at the gym, the money is yours. If you're a no show, the money you committed to goes to someone else who did make their workout. The cash amounts range from $0.50-$0.75 per workout, but studies show it's not what's earned that's the motivating factor; the simple thought of gaining or losing any cash is reason enough for most Gym-pact members to make their workout.

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The perfect pant
Last but not least, a pair of yoga pants for all those gals still in search of their "go-to" style. Athleta's Revelation capri and flare leg pant are made from unique, breathable Power Pilayo fabric, which stays in place comfortably without riding up. The contoured seaming through the stomach and hips are also a figure flattering feature, making them a favorite amongst women everywhere ($79-$98, Athleta.com)

Foldable footwear
Whether you're a hiker or a city dweller, Timberland's Radler Trail Camp shoes are a savvy, space-saving solution. The comfy and lightweight lace-up trekkers fold and zip down to half their size, making them the perfect, totable travel companion for tired feet, from the gym after work to a campsite in the mountains ($65, Timberland.com).

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