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What The Cubs' Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Carries In His Gym Bag

Shane Wallen, Major League Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Cubs, was promoted to major league head strength and conditioning coach this January, and is in his second season with the organization. He joined Chicago following three seasons as a strength coach in the NFL, including 2018 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the San Francisco 49ers.


I carry the same wellness essentials every time I head to the gym for my workout. I gave Lively an exclusive sneak peek, which you can take a look at below.

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Vital Proteins Vitality® Immune Booster**

I always carry one of these with me when heading to train at the gym. It helps me fight back during any season, plus it’s super easy to use. I just pour one of these stick packs to 12-16 oz. of water and drink. 

Vital Performance™ PRE in Watermelon Berry

I’ve always been a pre-workout fan – since high school actually. I love kicking off my workout with this pre-workout, which not only contains citrulline, arginine and creatine, but also collagen.

Vital Proteins Collagen Water™

You know what's better than water? Collagen-infused water that features 10g of collagen and 1-3g of sugar per serving. Staying hydrated has never been better.

Yeti® Insulated Water Bottle

To keep my Collagen Water™ cold during my training session I add it to my water bottle. I never leave home without it.

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P.Volve™ Precision Foam Roller

I can’t start my training sessions without a little myofascial release. And trust me: A little goes a long way. I recommend 5-10 minutes prior to your training session. Foam rolling or any form of myofascial release will enhance quality of movement during your training sessions as well as promote recovery from previous training sessions by opening up the tissue(s) to enhance blood flow/circulation that have been stressed from training. (Editor’s note: Lively featured P.Volve™’s best-selling foam roller in the graphic above.)

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Having one of these stick packs with me has been a life saver. Why? Simply put, I train hard and put a lot of stress on my tissue/fascia, so I have to make sure my tendons and musculotendinous units are functioning appropriately in between training sessions. Collagen Peptides is unflavored and odorless, so it’s versatile. Add it to a post-workout smoothie or any other beverage. 

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