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Workplace Gym - Looking for Tips
Men, I'm thinking of signing up for a gym close to my workplace, rather than close to home, hoping it'll make it easier for me to get my training done during lunch or right after work hours before going home.

I'm basically doing Starting Strength so the focus is on heavy lifts.

Appreciate any recommendations or quick tips on how to:

1. Get an effective workout in. It takes me time to recover when lifting and I probably won't have more than an hour during lunch, including warmup and stretching. This might mean skipping lunch or training after work.

2. Clothes and shoes management. I usually wear a suit to work, so not keen on carrying around a bag with sweaty gym clothes every day in addition to lunch and my work bag. Also changing back into a suit after workout gets my shit all crumpled.

Appreciate any input.
09-02-2019 12:13 PM
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RE: Workplace Gym - Looking for Tips
Was on SS for a while, can chime in:

1. If you're doing heavy lifts, 3 times a week is ideal. A day in between in workout for recovery. That being said there's no way in hell you can squeeze it into an hour; travel time to the gym, changing into workout clothes, stretching - half your hour burned already. All inclusive, my workouts took 1.5 - 2 hours per day. If you try to squeeze the workout into an hour, you'll be rushed and most likely skimp on form/rest time/stretching. This would severely harm your performance and gains. 1.5 - 2 hrs - I'll leave it to you to figure out where to place this time window. Before or after work generally works well in my experience.

2. Get a banker bag/duffel bag. This is not unusual for white collar professionals (used to work at a bank) and it's seen as good health management by colleagues and others. Completely accepted. Odor management is another ballgame - you'll have to do some legwork on that front. Stinking up the office with your bag is no bueno. I'd recommend several pairs (3 is ideal) of sweat-prone garments - wear em for one workout then toss it in the laundry bin. This way the contents of your duffel bag are always clean. With regards to your suit, figure out how to store it wrinkle free when you workout. A hanger works wonders, and you can keep your formal wear at the office or in a locker.

Enjoy your foray into powerlifting mate - SS is a great place to start.
09-02-2019 01:44 PM
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RE: Workplace Gym - Looking for Tips
To be honest, you could probably do SS while wearing your work clothes.

You’re more likely to break a sweat walking back to the changing room after you’ve finished your workout.

There’s a reason why it’s a popular program with fat neckbeards who love to play Pokemon Go between sets.
09-02-2019 02:09 PM
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(09-02-2019 12:13 PM)RWIsrael Wrote:  Men, I'm thinking of signing up for a gym close to my workplace, rather than close to home, hoping it'll make it easier for me to get my training done during lunch or right after work hours before going home.

I'm basically doing Starting Strength so the focus is on heavy lifts.

Appreciate any recommendations or quick tips on how to:

1. Get an effective workout in. It takes me time to recover when lifting and I probably won't have more than an hour during lunch, including warmup and stretching. This might mean skipping lunch or training after work.

2. Clothes and shoes management. I usually wear a suit to work, so not keen on carrying around a bag with sweaty gym clothes every day in addition to lunch and my work bag. Also changing back into a suit after workout gets my shit all crumpled.

Appreciate any input.

If I was in your shoes, I would either work out in the morning or after work. Working out in the morning gives you a great start to the day. And working after work helps you beat traffic. (If its that your case). I used to workout in the afternoon, until my lunch hour took 60 mins then 90 mins because of the shower, eating, etc. My ex-boss even warned me about it. I suggest you spend your lunch hour going for a walk instead. Eat quickly and then walk. You just added 20-30 mins of low-intensity cardio 5-days a week. And that helps with fat loss if that's your goal. I like short-efficient workouts but I hate feeling "rushed".

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09-02-2019 02:39 PM
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RE: Workplace Gym - Looking for Tips
Thanks for the helpful suggestions.
My office gym is in the same building as my office so convenient and no travel required, on the other hand I won't be able to do weekend sessions just weekdays.

Early morning and late evening hours are a bit of a pain due to obligations at home (wife, dogs, cooking etc) so would be best for me to get a session in either right before work or right after.

Good point about being rushed at lunchtime and the gym is really quite busy at that time.

Absolutely agree regarding odor management, I like the idea of having a few sets of fresh gym clothes and rotating them.
I might stick a freshener in the locker and in the gym bag as well for good measure.

The gym does provide towels and hangers for the suit so seems good on that front.

Appreciate the advice!
09-03-2019 06:35 AM
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