Hitting the gym or a workout class during your lunch-hour break?
Team Cellucor Athletes, Brooke Wells, Ron 'Boss' Everline, Jen Jewell and Craig Capurso provide their views on making the most out of a mid-day sweat session!
"Do something that doesn't require much of a warm up! Maybe snack before your lunch hour so that you don't need to cut into your workout time. Also, pack a bag with everything you need so that you don't have to waste time running home to change clothes.
If you're low on time, just go for a quick run right outside your office or hit a local park and do a bodyweight workout. There are so many things you could do with no equipment; burpees, push ups, air squats, sit-ups."
Ron 'Boss' Everline
"Keep rest time low and focus on complex moves that work your whole body. You'll get a quick and efficient workout in under an hour!"
"Go in with a plan! If you’re doing a workout on your lunch hour, you need to make every minute count. Make sure you have an outline of your workout ready to go when you walk through those gym doors.
If you’re new to the gym and may not know how to put your own workouts together ahead of time, look online or check out your favorite fitness magazine. Put your phone on airplane mode to limit any outside distractions that may take up your precious workout time, and get to work!
Also, since you’ve likely skipped lunch to hit the gym, make sure you have your post-workout meal or a quick post-workout snack ready to go. Anything from a FitJoy bar, to a quick protein shake and a piece of fruit.
Include super-set blasts or giant sets throughout your workout. Pairing two exercises back-to-back with no rest helps maximize your time and increases the overall intensity of your workout.
For example, if it’s an upper body workout day, I’d put together the following: bent over DB row, burpees, DB shoulder press, DB curl, jump rope in one giant set.
Performing your workout like this has a number of benefits (strength, increases stamina, torches calories in limited time), but it’s especially helpful when you may be pressed for time and need to get in both cardio and strength training during your lunch hour."
"Know where the equipment is and try to plan on using equipment in the same space of the gym for supersets or short-timed exercise exchanges. Time your rest so that you are moving efficiently. Avoid getting lost in conversation with others at the gym."