Lunchtime workouts require military precision and organisation. If there’s not an onsite gym at your workplace and a midday workout is on your radar, you’ll need to find an option that’s as close as possible. The longer it takes you to get to the gym, the less workout and shower time you’ll get. Most of us only have an hour for lunch (if you’re lucky), or under the eye of a clock-watching supervisor, you’ll have to get your exercise routine down to a fine art. Pack your gym bag because we’ve found some great spots for a lunchtime workout. If pumping iron or pounding the treadmill isn’t your cup of tea, we have a few great alternatives as well.
Snack-sized gym classes
There are a number of 30-minute classes during the week that kick off between 12.00pm and 1.30pm to cater to the lunchtime crowds. Sculpt – a combination of kinesis, cardio, and functional strength, Bum ‘n Bellies step platform classes, Power Plate vibration and SPRINT™ cycling classes are just a few of the classes on offer.
Location: Virgin Active, Pitt Street, Sydney
Inner city swimming pools
Take a dip at lunchtime. There are several pools handy to the city. The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre boasts 3 pools as well as a gym with weights and cardio equipment—It’s located in Ultimo. The Cook + Philip Park Pool has a 50-metre lap pool and is open all year round on College Street in the CBD. There’s also Prince Albert Park Pool in Surry Hills and Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool at The Domain. Pack a bathing cap to avoid the drowned rat look for the afternoon.
Own It Fit Boot Camp run lunchtime boot camps Tuesday and Thursdays 12.15pm at Observatory Hill and Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12.15pm at The Domain. Workouts are a choice between H.I.R.T (High-Intensity Resistance Training) designed to build lean bodies and burn body fat or X-Fit cardio and resistance exercises
Vicious Cycle holds 12.15pm classes Monday to Friday, 45 minutes done and dusted. Cleats or regular sports shoes can be worn. It’s an intense workout but you can go at your own pace. The studio is located at Park Street, Sydney.
From yoga warriors to beginners, what better way to destress than a yoga class. YogaBar in Westfield Sydney has classes starting at 12.15 and 12.30, running for 45 minutes. Check out Yoga Barre, Yoga Beats, Yoga Define or Hot Yoga. Don’t forget your dry shampoo—your new best friend if you don’t have time to wash your sweaty hair afterward.