Time saver tips to get you from the office, to your workout and back with time to spare.
Squeezing in a midday workout is becoming more and more popular among GuavaPass members. Along with getting your body out of that desk chair, a lunchtime sweat is a perfect option to relieve any built up stress and anxiety from the workplace. Finding time to workout in a busy schedule can often seem impossible, but with a few tweaks to your planning and workout timing, you’ll be able to hop in and out of a workout with ease.
The night before…
Pack your pre workout and post workout snack – there is nothing worse than working out on an empty stomach, so plan ahead and pack a small snack to give you enough sustenance without weighing you down. Pack a protein shake for after your workout to build lean muscle and keep your metabolism burning.
Plan your outfits – avoid adding stress to your morning rush and pack your clothes and shoes needed for the gym. Lay out your work attire while you’re at it to make your mornings even faster.
Decide on your workout – Is it a cardio day, leg day or arm day? Have you picked the class you’ll be attending? Whatever your decision may be, make sure it’s done the night before to avoid wasting time.
All the smaller things – to make your workout super time efficient, try to plan the following the night before:
- Your workout playlist
- How you’re getting to the gym – transport options? Are you walking?
- Your BCAAs if required, or a full bottle of water
- Pack a spare hair tie or hairband in case
During your session…
Trying an express class – on GuavaPass, you can find a number of classes that are between 30 and 45 minutes long. Although most people believe these are cardio based classes, there are a number of resistance and weights based workouts designed to build lean muscle and burn fat fast.
Include High-Intensity Interval Training – if your goal is fat loss and lean muscle retention, HIIT training is a perfect option for you. Workouts of this style can be done in as little as 15-30 minutes, and are easily combined with weights to give you an all-encompassing workout.
Include supersets in your workout – supersets are the combination of 2-3 exercises back to back with no rest in between. For example, 15 triceps dips, followed by 15 cable pull downs followed by 15 close set pushups is a perfect example of a tricep superset. Giving yourself 60-90 seconds rest at the end of your superset will not only increase the cardio component of your workout, but it will promote muscle fatigue and make your workout more efficient.
Have a backup option – Did you decided on cardio workout and every treadmill is taken? Have you opted for chest day and there’s a line for the bench press? Avoid wandering around the gym aimlessly and have a backup option for your workout, whether that be an outdoor sprint session or an indoor circuit workout.
After your session…
Skip the shower line – have your towel, clothes and toiletries sitting out of the locker before you go into your workout so you can head straight from the gym floor to the shower room.
Sweat proof makeup – although it’s great for your skin to sweat freely sometimes, if you’ve pressed for time there are a range of sweatproof products perfect to wear throughout the day, through your workout and beyond. It’s amazing how far a bit of tinted moisturizer, waterproof mascara and a little bit of eyebrow tint can go a long way.
Bag it – bring along a spare plastic bag for your change of clothes to avoid any last minute spills, stains and sweat ruining your next set of clothes.