K.C.’s fitness fanatics share their workout essentials

Amanda Besler, mom, runner, class junkie

Runner’s fuel: ID Life Chocolate protein powder, $46.99,


“I have a shake before I head out the door for a workout. My favorite is ID Life Chocolate protein blended with frozen kale, frozen banana, peanut butter, and almond milk.”

Matt Besler, defender for Sporting Kansas City

Hyperice vibrating foam roller, $199,


“I use this before and after a workout. It’s great for lengthening my muscles and recovery. I also use this on the bottoms of my feet.”

Jennifer Janesko, jewelry designer, cross trainer and yoga lover

Native Atlas Misuli Recover Balm, $32,


“Since I am always sore somewhere on my body post workout, I love this balm. It helps to de-stress, detox and soothe muscles. It is also a Kansas City-based company, which I love to support!”

Joey Mendez and Buck Wimberly, owners of Ulah men’s store and Woodside devotees

Ursa Major all-natural deodorant, $18 and skincare wipes, pack of 20 for $24, Ulah Prairie Fragrance roll-on, $14, all available at Ulah Men’s Store in Woodside Village.



“I love the deodorant because it is all-natural. It eliminates odor and excess moisture without aluminum or synthetic fragrance. The face wipes are great to toss in your gym bag because they remove oil and grime but also soothe and hydrate the skin.” – Joey Mendez


“I always carry with me a travel-size roll-on of our custom Prairie fragrance. It’s the perfect size to throw in the gym bag and put on before I head off to work or out to dinner.” – Buck Wimberly

Gretchen McGraw, owner of Fitform Pilates Studio and Fitwear Boutique

Herbivore Sea Mist, $20, available at Fitwear Boutique in Overland Park


“I use this spray in my hair post workout. It smells like coconuts and gives me beachy waves, but also keeps my hair smelling fresh.”

Rachel Santschi, anchor and reporter for KMBC, former college athlete and lover of spinning and rowing

Nike Flex Trainer in black, $70,


“I like the simple look of this shoe because it goes with everything I wear to the gym. It is light and breathable, but also has enough cushion to support my feet without them getting sore. It’s the perfect shoe for strength and cardio classes.”