Commuting and the Gym

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    Feb 25, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if there are any fellow commuters or guys who have commuted in the past that can share some of their experience and advice with balancing working out with a commuter's schedule.

    My train ride is about an hour and a half both ways so a little more than 3 hours of my day is eliminated from my schedule.

    Thanks!
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    Feb 26, 2013 1:42 AM GMT
    regular_nice_guy saidHi guys,

    I was wondering if there are any fellow commuters or guys who have commuted in the past that can share some of their experience and advice with balancing working out with a commuter's schedule.

    My train ride is about an hour and a half both ways so a little more than 3 hours of my day is eliminated from my schedule.

    Thanks!


    This may sound simplistic, but I work out at home. My commute isn't all that long, but I love just walking into my mini-gym, which is equipped with dumbbells, etc. And when I do cardio I speed walk, usually right into my neighborhood. Of course, I can't cruise anyone (the neighbor walking his poodle doesn't count), but everything has its pro and cons.
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    Feb 26, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Join a gym that closes late or opens early. I used to have a really shitty commute. But I still made the time to him the gym after work, even it was after 9pm.

    Think of it this way, at least you take a train to/from work. I had to endure stop and go traffic for over an hour.. each way.. in a stick shift car. So even if I was dead tired when I got home, I still forced myself to go to the gym.
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    Feb 26, 2013 6:46 AM GMT
    1) Go to a gym open long hours convenient to your train, home or work.

    2) Eat on the train.

    I had crazy hours and a 3 hour daily commute but I easily made it work given relatively convenient gym locations. (It helped having a desk job with minimal travel.)

    For several months my initial round of working out I used to go to a Golds right next to my train station, which made it easy to park in the gym lot for the day, lift before work and, on the hour ride into Manhattan, drink my protein shake and eat my hardboiled egg whites, which as you can imagine made me real popular amongst my fellow passengers. The, after eating a salmon wrap dinner on the train ride back (again, call me Mister Popular but this was the pre-texting cell phone era where everybody was rude) and being forced to be right back on the gym premises in their lot to pick up my car, I'd then train in the evening (yoga, swimming or abs) no matter how late it was.

    Then I figured out that if I went to the Crunch, which I passed between Penn Station and my office in Times Square, I'd get platform level covered parking right at my more local train station closer to the city. That killed the nighttime workouts except for swimming two nights a week at my suburban Y.

    The big culture shock was that when I went to Crunch the hot members looked a little "off" - their bodies were more refined but their faces looked a bit haggard. Then I realized that in the suburbs the members were in their teens-20s and in the city, 30s-40s.
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    Feb 26, 2013 6:50 AM GMT
    regular_nice_guy saidHi guys,

    I was wondering if there are any fellow commuters or guys who have commuted in the past that can share some of their experience and advice with balancing working out with a commuter's schedule.

    My train ride is about an hour and a half both ways so a little more than 3 hours of my day is eliminated from my schedule.

    Thanks!



    I'd suggest purchasing a squat rack for home if you have space. A squat rack will provide all the exercises you'll need and more: Squats, Deadlift, Bench Press, Shoulder Press, Cleans, Snatches, BB rows, curls, pull-ups (if your rack is high enough) and I'm sure I missed out a lot more.

    (Though, I have a hunch that you won't have much space because you're in NY.)
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    Mar 02, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I am slowly getting used to 5am workouts. I am finding that I have to be more diligent in getting my meals in order for the week.

    I'm considering finding a gym that works with my commute so that it will be more convenient for me to take advantage of.
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    Mar 02, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    I used to commute 90 minutes each way too (living downtown, working in the suburbs.) I found that I only had the discipline to go to the gym if I drove straight there after work. I chose a place near my house, so it was easy to get home afterwards. The bonus is that you're arriving at the tail end of rush hour at the gym, so you'll spend more time on the machines and less time waiting for equipment. Otherwise you might try a lunch time workout - I think most decent employers would be sympathetic if you offer to stay an extra 30 minutes to accomodate a 90 minute workout break in the middle of the day.