LETS TALK GYM LOGISTICS

Analyst 2 in RE - Comm

For people with a 20+ minute commute and have to be at work before 9am, what is your process for trying to go to the gym before work for that early pump? Waking up at 6:30 each morning? Also even if you went after work, isn't the process of changing into gym clothes from work clothes, then putting back work clothes after sweating annoying? Any insight or tips to fit the gym into your workday?

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  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Feb 19, 2020

Why would you change back into your work clothes when you are going to the gym AFTER work?

That's the whole point of a gym bag. Put your work clothes in there and walk home in the clothes you worked out in.

Feb 19, 2020

It's winter....

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Feb 19, 2020

You pack sweatpants and a sweatshirt, hence the gym bag...

What's your point?

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Feb 19, 2020

Wake up between 6 and 6:15 every morning, get to the gym by 7, workout until 8 then shower and be at the office by 8:30. Waking up early was pretty tough the first two weeks, but now that I've adjusted to it it's easy. One thing that really helped me was finding a gym on my way and close to work. It's different for everyone, but I find going to the gym in the morning is much more stable than in the evening as I don't always know when I'll get off work.

Love, abigreguy

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Mar 14, 2020

Only 30 minutes between the end of the workout and being at work?

I tried.
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Mar 14, 2020

If you work in a big city and workout in/near your office building it's completely doable. I go to a large state school and it takes me 30 minutes to shower and go to my 8am.

Feb 19, 2020

Try and see if you can fit one in during lunch. Gotta make sure you shower after of course. But that depends on if you can manage a long break. If you rather work out in the morning, it's gonna suck regardless because it's early but you gotta do it. Wake up at 5:45-6:00, be in the gym around 6:30, finish around 8:00-8:30 and be in the office by 9:15 at the latest (9:30 start for me). It'll be hard for the first week or so, but after awhile you get used to it and it actually starts to feel good. You'll have more energy during the lift than you'll realize and you'll also have better clarity when you start your work day.

Try posting this in the off topic forum as I'm sure you'll yield more responses there than just the RE forum

Array

Feb 19, 2020

What kind of workout are you doing for 1:30-2 hours?

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Feb 19, 2020

-Mild stretching 10 min
-Cardio 30-40 min
-Lifts 30 min
-More stretching 10 min
-Core 20 min

Not sure how that's odd. That's what the program was for the football team back in college

Array

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Feb 20, 2020

you're an ironman - aren't you used to 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10hr workouts?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Feb 19, 2020

wake up at 6am, could make coffee at night and put in fridge for morning but dont have to
Try to live in a building with a killer gym and price that into your rent
if you cannot, find the closest gym to apt and jog there; if it is cold where you live it will def wake you up
have your work out on phone so you can do it in 20-40 min
if you are doing it right, it should now be 7-730am

Feb 19, 2020

I wake up at 5:45 to go to the gym. Go in the morning because you'll have every excuse in the world to not go after work.

Really mornings are not that bad after the first couple weeks, it just becomes routine.

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Feb 19, 2020

Not even routine.. try it out for a week and you WILL notice you're energy through the day is way higher, you're sharper, you get the juices flowing. Just try it, it is a game changer

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Feb 19, 2020

We literally just had this thread...

Since this is in the real estate forum, I thought we'd be talking about fitness center layouts or re-purposing abandoned LA Fitnesses or something...

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Feb 19, 2020

Okay, dad.

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Feb 19, 2020

Was stoked to hear an analyst pitch a gold's gym to last-mile fulfillment investment thesis - all i got was people saying waking up before 7 was hard....

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Feb 19, 2020

LOL!!

Feb 19, 2020

I've got about a 40 minute to an hour commute by car to the office in morning traffic, and typically work til between 6-8 Monday-Friday, and a 20-30 minute drive in the evening home. I usually hit the gym in my building when I get home from work, but if I know its gonna be a long day I'll get up early (5:30) and go before work.

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Feb 19, 2020

Whether going before or after work, I think having a gym very close to home (walking distance) is key because of the process point you made. Having to change in and out of clothes all the time is no good.

So it needs to be either home-to-gym (morning) or gym-to-home (after work). That way you avoid all the hassles of the excessive changing and showering at the gym that slows it all down.

Feb 19, 2020

isn't the process of changing into gym clothes from work clothes, then putting back work clothes after sweating annoying?

Gym without showers is a non-starter for me.

Mar 14, 2020

just wear this - no one will even notice...

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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  • Analyst 2 in RE - Comm
Feb 19, 2020

For all you on this thread that wake up 5:30ish or 6, what time do you sleep?

Feb 20, 2020

I'm up at 4:30, gym by 5. I take a nap on the train on the way to work (45-50min). Get into the office by 8:15 Leave work 6-7ish most days. Read / study / nap on the train ride back home (45 minutes) usually try to be in bed by 9:30 but lately been up until 10-11 and been feeling fine on 6ish hours sleep.

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Feb 20, 2020

Up @ 5- I always aim for 9pm, usually get in bed right after 10. I ditch morning gym and sleep in if I'm not in bed by 11pm the night before.

It's nice having the gym buffer if I need to stay up late but need sleep for the next day.

Feb 19, 2020

6:30 AM 'nox, sizing everyone up in the locker room by the logo on their banker bag.

Feb 20, 2020

Gym is 2 mins by car from my house, which makes it easy to go there after work. My daily commute is too long to allow it in the morning, going to the gym means getting stuck in the morning traffic and wasting an additional 30 mins.

Maximizing time efficiency with minimum traffic makes after work workout the best option.

Feb 20, 2020

work backwards. office by 845 so you can park and whatnot, 20 minute commute, meaning you need to be in your car by 820 (5min cushion for the douchebag who is texting instead of turning). say you take 20 min to get yourself clean, another few minutes to change, workout should be done by 745am. if you workout longer than an hour, you're either training for powerlifting, triathlons, or inefficient, I wouldn't recommend it, so workout starts at 645am. add in however much time you need to get ready in the morning and that's your wakeup time.

this isn't that hard bro. wake up, exercise, clean yourself up, go to work.

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Feb 20, 2020

Seems like I'm in the minority here for enjoying night gym sessions - usually arrive at the gym at 8 or 9pm. I don't dislike early mornings but I find it far easier to put in a good workout after a full day of eating than with nothing in my stomach. It's usually getting less busy by then as well.

Feb 20, 2020

I love evening gym sessions, I tried morning for a while but would be passing out at my desk by 1030am, nothing better than taking out the days stress on a heavy bag or some unsuspecting barbells

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Feb 20, 2020

Yeah nothing like taking a trip to Flexas A&M after a long day in the office am I right Dom??

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Feb 20, 2020

I noticed that as well and it's probably the only noteworthy upside of going to the gym after work. Even if you aren't stressed but just mentally tired, the workout does wonders and you go home in a great mental shape. Being physically tired helps me sleeping better as well.

Feb 20, 2020

I can't believe no one has said home gym.

$1-2K investment in a rack/barbells/weights/kettlebell off craigslist and you're golden and have the gym all to yourself.

Feb 20, 2020

A big percentage of the users on this forum probably live in a densely populated city where this isn't really possible. I'm not even a serious lifter (been at it about 6 months now) and would miss out on deadlifting / squatting. Personally I love cable machines too but I understand some people can do their entire workouts with just dumbbells / barbells...

Feb 20, 2020

Counterpoint, I live in a 800 sq ft apartment and placed down some rubber mats and assembled my rack in the apartment. It's how you prioritize your apartment's space.

True on the cable machines.

Feb 20, 2020

Gym afterwork crew
Depending on when I leave work (5 to 6): 5 min walk to gym downtown, 5 min to change, 10 min warmup, 1 - 1.5hr workout (~6:45p), 10 min sauna/steam, 15 min shower/change, 30min commute home. Get home just before 8.

Also to keep CRE happy, I get to help design gyms that we build as part of amenity spaces for office or res developments

Feb 20, 2020

I lift 4 days a week. MWFSa. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I am up at 4:30 and am at the gym by 5:30. This gives me 15 minutes to warm up and about 45 minutes to lift. On Mondays and Wednesdays, since I commute into the city, I shower, change, and am in my car by 6:45, back home by 7, and then walk about 6 miles all said and done (3 mi each way - 1.5mi to the train station, 1.5mi from NYP to the office, and then the same on the way back). On Fridays, since I work from home, the only difference is that I add in between 45 minutes to an hour of cardio after I finish lifting. All said and done on Fridays, I'm home by 8/8:15 depending on traffic. Saturdays, since I can sleep in a bit, I'm at the gym by 9, done with my lifting by 10, and skip the cario. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I just get the 6 miles of cardio in. If I didn't, I wouldn't get to the gym til after 8 and don't want to give up on having some time to unwind after work. So, it's either get up early and get my gym routine done or not do it at all.

Feb 21, 2020

I prefer to workout at lunch. It's easy to be pumped in the first half of the day, but I find the second half to be a slump, so the gym recharges me. I previously had the good fortune to work in the same building as my gym (it was a tower and gym is on a lower floor). So I'd try to go at lunch, and if it was going to be a long night, which it often was, I'd ask my boss' permission and pop downstairs at EOBD, like 6.30/7pm, for a quick run and shower, then back up to the desk. It was energizing and kept me productive and efficient at the desk.

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Feb 21, 2020

Australia does one thing that's genius in this regard. Nearly every large office building has shower facilities downstairs, and some offices have their own as well. I still remember going to Barclays in Sydney and the reception asking me if I wanted to shower, and thinking they were just joking around until they handed me a towel and pointed me to the toilet room. The upshot of this is that people run/bike to work, and workout during lunch (football, running, soccer) and then can clean up before they hit the desk, and then run/bike back home. It's brilliant and I don't understand why the US can't do the same. I can't run to work because I'd smell like a wildebeest at the desk.

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Feb 25, 2020

My office had a gym in my first position out of school. It was actually acceptable to leave your desk during the day and go for a workout. Whatever time that was convenient to you. Pretty good.

It was quite a large office building and not many people used the gym facilities. They had showers and everything.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Feb 25, 2020

I'm kind of lucky in the sense that I work from home 50% of the time. On days that I work from home, I wake up at the same time as if I'm going to the office. Usually, before logging to the system, will drive to the gym and work out for about 60 to 90 minutes, shower, come home. I find that mornings are the best time to work out. I find that if I go to the gym before work, I'm much more alert, active, and my productivity is up by 50% atleast in the earlier part of the day. I agree, at the later part of the day, you will slow down. Then again, I'm out of the office before 5:00pm on most days. On days that I am in the office, I will go to the gym after work.

Feb 25, 2020

I'm an evening lifter as well. Leave my desk between 6 and 6:30, hit the gym in my office building, back to my desk showered around 8pm, and then work until 2am on average. Most people on my team do the same. My focus and energy really start to drop around 8pm if I don't get to workout, which is rare.

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Mar 14, 2020

I used to go to the gym at night, but there were so many days where I couldn't leave early enough. Sometime last week, I actually did get home early enough and was on my way out the door (gym clothes on and everything) when I got hit with a "pls fix" call.

So I've been taking the corona WFH week as an opportunity to practice going to the gym in the morning. I try to wake up around 5:30 am and be at the gym by 6:00 am. Work out for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 min, come back by 7:30 am, walk the dog for 10 mins, then be ready to walk out the door by 8:15-8:20 am. Still rough, because it's the first week, but hoping it gets easier next week.

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Mar 14, 2020
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