Cardio After Work

  • thegrumpyfish

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    Nov 14, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I live in lovely Dubai, and one of the main themes of the city is THE TRAFFIC... and due to my job requirements, I cannot go to gym in the morning or before work, it has to be after 9 hours of work and 2 hours of travelling in mad traffic. The deal is, when i get to gym all ready to work out and train, I sometimes get drained after a very short period of time... what's the secret of being energetic and still up for a long run or some really intense training? I tried those energy drink but they were useless... any ideas???
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    Nov 14, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I had the same problem.

    I found a gym that was within walking distance of my office (a short drive from the office would also be an option). About an hour, hour and a half before I left for the day I'd have a snack (fruit, protein, energy bar...whatever). When I finished up at work, I'd walk over to the gym. It worked out really well. I had more energy for my workout, and the drive home was a lot easier/faster because I was missing the worst of the rush hour traffic.
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    Nov 14, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    jtaustin saidI had the same problem.

    I found a gym that was within walking distance of my office (a short drive from the office would also be an option). About an hour, hour and a half before I left for the day I'd have a snack (fruit, protein, energy bar...whatever). When I finished up at work, I'd walk over to the gym. It worked out really well. I had more energy for my workout, and the drive home was a lot easier/faster because I was missing the worst of the rush hour traffic.


    Thanks JT... I already do all of that, the gym is only 10 mins drive from the office... the only issue I have is, when I get there, I will have been up since 6 am, knowing I get there at 7 pm... I will try the energy bar trick.. . thx again
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    Nov 14, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    Perhaps during the week you can do workouts that don't involve going to the gym ? Create a small home gym, ride a bike, go running or power walking, etc. Then...if you can...go to the gym during your free time. Going to the gym
    is great. But it's not the only place that you can work your body.
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    Nov 14, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    Make sure you're eating properly, if you're not fueling yourself before you leave work, that's going to have a huge impact on your energy level when you get to the gym.

    Avoid energy drinks, they're full of caffeine and sugar and only spike your energy, then quickly drop off.

    Make sure you're taking a good b-vitamin or b-complex, as they are majorly responsible for energy and helping your body to supply energy from food, etc.

    But the big thing here is, EAT WELL, LIVE WELL.
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    Nov 14, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    When I'm training really hard I eat a small meal every 3 hours (fruit, veg & protein). Also, make sure you're getting enough sleep... jt
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    Nov 19, 2008 6:47 PM GMT
    Fun_n_fit76 saidMake sure you're eating properly, if you're not fueling yourself before you leave work, that's going to have a huge impact on your energy level when you get to the gym.

    Avoid energy drinks, they're full of caffeine and sugar and only spike your energy, then quickly drop off.

    Make sure you're taking a good b-vitamin or b-complex, as they are majorly responsible for energy and helping your body to supply energy from food, etc.

    But the big thing here is, EAT WELL, LIVE WELL.


    Thank you very much for the tips!
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    Nov 19, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    Suggestion - Get some blood work done to be sure you have nothing wrong going on...like low electrolyte levels.

    And as others suggested -
    I have a similar schedule...wake up at 5:15 am...work at 7:30 am and finish work till nearly 5 pm...gym around 6...so I try to make sure I eat something right before I leave work...like a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter ...just enough to keep me fueled throughout the workout.

    Good luck habibi!
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    Nov 24, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    lol...its called dont eat anything heavy before to the gym. Try fresh *seasonal)*fruit, on heavy cardio days, or eat a complete breakfast.icon_wink.gif stretching usually helps tooicon_eek.gif
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    Dec 03, 2008 8:37 AM GMT
    I workout twice a day.

    I never eat anything before my AM workout, at 6am. I want my body to struggle after fasting all night. I want to burn nothing but stored fat.

    Before my afternoon workout, I eat heavy protein at least three hours before I workout. I never workout with food in my gut. Ever. I do my PM workout, then eat a big carbo meal with protein. Pasta with tuna, whatever. But that is it.

    It really depends on if you want to lose or gain weight. I am always fighting gaining weight. If you want to GAIN weight, eat, eat, eat.