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How do you fit in gym with a full time job?

I set off to work at 6:15 and get home at just before 6:00 each day. By the time i've got changed etc and made tea, it's basically 7:00. Once I get to the gym it's 7:15 and after weight training and cardio it's about 8:30.. I then go in the shower and realistically get home about 9:00. I then get ready to go to bed and prepare meals for the following day as if I don't get over 8 hours sleep I feel terrible in the morning.

I don't know how people can manage this? This is when I finish work in decent time, sometimes I get home later! Basically all you do on weekdays is go to work and then go to the gym. I hear some people go 5 days a week, but seriously all they must be doing is working and exercising, how do they manage to do this?

Thanks for any help.

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Get a job that finishes earlier.
Reply 2
Invest in some home training equipment. Go gym at weekends and then use your home stuff in the week?
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The gym I'm registered with is a 24 hour one thankfully, however I always find time straight after work. I get back into town form work at around 6:00 PM and stay at the Gym until about 7:30, then it's home by 8 which leaves me with a good 4 hours.

You could always try doing some exercise at home instead during the week and spending a few hours at the gym over the weekend.
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Original post by Peteo
I set off to work at 6:15 and get home at just before 6:00 each day. By the time i've got changed etc and made tea, it's basically 7:00. Once I get to the gym it's 7:15 and after weight training and cardio it's about 8:30.. I then go in the shower and realistically get home about 9:00. I then get ready to go to bed and prepare meals for the following day as if I don't get over 8 hours sleep I feel terrible in the morning.

I don't know how people can manage this? This is when I finish work in decent time, sometimes I get home later! Basically all you do on weekdays is go to work and then go to the gym. I hear some people go 5 days a week, but seriously all they must be doing is working and exercising, how do they manage to do this?

Thanks for any help.


I think it's just one of those choices: Entertainment or fitness.

I work out a bit now myself, but i'm a student so I don't have that problem. Could you not save up and buy a treadmill and a few dumbbells or something? That way you'd save time actually getting to the Gym and waiting for machines to become available.
If not you could always just go on a weekend, or like the other guy said try and get a job with an earlier finish.
Reply 5
Go straight after work. Snack before training, then eat my dinner after.
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Original post by Becca
Go straight after work. Snack before training, then eat my dinner after.


How would this help/save time?
Original post by EvenStevens
Get a job that finishes earlier.


Not easy in this economic climate. Probably would be a lesser job so no thank you.

Original post by Wahaaaay
Invest in some home training equipment. Go gym at weekends and then use your home stuff in the week?


I'm considering this and stopping my gym membership altogether.


Original post by Derfel
The gym I'm registered with is a 24 hour one thankfully, however I always find time straight after work. I get back into town form work at around 6:00 PM and stay at the Gym until about 7:30, then it's home by 8 which leaves me with a good 4 hours.

You could always try doing some exercise at home instead during the week and spending a few hours at the gym over the weekend.


How many times do you go out of interest? What are your goals?

Original post by Matt1992
I think it's just one of those choices: Entertainment or fitness.

I work out a bit now myself, but i'm a student so I don't have that problem. Could you not save up and buy a treadmill and a few dumbbells or something? That way you'd save time actually getting to the Gym and waiting for machines to become available.
If not you could always just go on a weekend, or like the other guy said try and get a job with an earlier finish.


Yeah, but I just feel there's more to life than being bored all day then when you have free time being bored in a gym then repeating this over?
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Original post by Peteo

How many times do you go out of interest? What are your goals?


6 times a week, Monday - Thursday straight after work (6-7/7:30), Friday after work (1-2/2:30), Saturday in the morning (10-11).

Mainly weight loss, so it's usually an 45 minutes on cardio and 30 minutes on resistance training.
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Peteo
How would this help/save time?



Original post by Adidas90
It won't save time, but it will put things in a better order so you don't feel like you're in and out the house all the time and rushing around. If you do it this way, you'll be able to go home and stay in for the night. What is your job? How far do you travel and how? Why do you have to be out the house for 12 hours solid? Any way you can make more time in the morning? Gym before work?

When I was working at this nearby farm from 6am til 6pm, I would go straight to gym afterwards, get home no later than about 7.15, then basically spend the next 3 hours eating as much food as possible lol. Then bed and repeat.


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Original post by Adidas90
It won't save time, but it will put things in a better order so you don't feel like you're in and out the house all the time and rushing around. If you do it this way, you'll be able to go home and stay in for the night. What is your job? How far do you travel and how? Why do you have to be out the house for 12 hours solid? Any way you can make more time in the morning? Gym before work?

When I was working at this nearby farm from 6am til 6pm, I would go straight to gym afterwards, get home no later than about 7.15, then basically spend the next 3 hours eating as much food as possible lol. Then bed and repeat.


Fair enough. I feel though at 6:00 I am ready for a full meal not a snack after a hard day's work. I don't want to say what I do but I commute for 45 minutes each day (10 minutes drive, 35 minutes train ride) I usually start work at 7:00, finish at 5:15. My gym sadly opens at 6:00, and I set off at 6:15 so that isn't going to work. How did you motivate yourself to go straight to the gym? Did you prepare a large snack before to stop your body going into starvation and spoiling your metabolism?
Original post by Derfel
6 times a week, Monday - Thursday straight after work (6-7/7:30), Friday after work (1-2/2:30), Saturday in the morning (10-11).

Mainly weight loss, so it's usually an 45 minutes on cardio and 30 minutes on resistance training.


Out of interest how long have you been doing this for, and how long do you think you'll be able to do it for?
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Original post by Adidas90
It won't save time, but it will put things in a better order so you don't feel like you're in and out the house all the time and rushing around. If you do it this way, you'll be able to go home and stay in for the night. What is your job? How far do you travel and how? Why do you have to be out the house for 12 hours solid? Any way you can make more time in the morning? Gym before work?

When I was working at this nearby farm from 6am til 6pm, I would go straight to gym afterwards, get home no later than about 7.15, then basically spend the next 3 hours eating as much food as possible lol. Then bed and repeat.


Fair enough. I feel though at 6:00 I am ready for a full meal not a snack after a hard day's work. I don't want to say what I do but I commute for 45 minutes each day (10 minutes drive, 35 minutes train ride) I usually start work at 7:00, finish at 5:15. My gym sadly opens at 6:00, and I set off at 6:15 so that isn't going to work. How did you motivate yourself to go straight to the gym? Did you prepare a large snack before to stop your body going into starvation and spoiling your metabolism?
Original post by Derfel
6 times a week, Monday - Thursday straight after work (6-7/7:30), Friday after work (1-2/2:30), Saturday in the morning (10-11).

Mainly weight loss, so it's usually an 45 minutes on cardio and 30 minutes on resistance training.


Out of interest how long have you been doing this for, and how long do you think you'll be able to do it for?
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Original post by Peteo


Out of interest how long have you been doing this for, and how long do you think you'll be able to do it for?


2 and a half weeks so far, it was rather hard at first as I was going from bugger all exercise to intensive exercise (for me at least), arms and legs ached every morning and such, but now I'm used to it and I'm aiming to carry it on until I'm happy with my weight and body, need to lose quite a bit of weight so a minimum would be at least 3-4 months. Also got a balanced diet set out and all, so it goes hand in hand with the gym routine.

After that I'll probably cut it down to 3 times a week.
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Down some shakes and cakes around five, bang out the gym 6 o clock.

Reduce the cardio for 1/2 an hour of HIIT. I JUST MADE 15 MINUTES APPEAR IN YOUR DAY. BOW DOWN TO ME I AM YOUR GOD.
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Original post by Peteo
I don't want to say what I do but I commute for 45 minutes each day (10 minutes drive, 35 minutes train ride) I usually start work at 7:00, finish at 5:15.


Oh I see, you're a pornstar

Original post by Peteo

Out of interest how long have you been doing this for, and how long do you think you'll be able to do it for?


I eat constantly throughout the day. You can't tell me during you day you don't have breaks/dinner hours.. eat in those. And if you feel you need even more food to eat, have really quick things you can grab in tiny one minute windows (I got good at eating a banana and a protein shake in like 30 seconds LOL). If you're constantly eating all day, you'll be able to go gym straight after work and then you can have a nice big meal that evening.
Work at a gym (y)
You don't need to go to a gym for cardio. Do you need to use any fancy weight equipment or could you get by with a set of Dumbells or something? Honestly, I'd just quit the gym altogether and do it yourself at home.
Original post by Adidas90
Oh I see, you're a pornstar


Pretty decent job, no homo.
What are you doing at the gym? Weight loss or building muscle? If it's weight loss then there are lots of things you can do instead, at home, for example simple jogging. If it's building muscle then why not invest in some weights at home that you can either use in the morning before you go to work, or when you get home instead.
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Original post by Peteo


Yeah, but I just feel there's more to life than being bored all day then when you have free time being bored in a gym then repeating this over?


I agree, that's why I think buying stuff for home would be a good idea, at least that way you could work out while watching tv or something :smile:
Reply 19
Good question. I love stretching my time out at the gym and sometimes I spend up to 2 hours there. Don't know how I'd cope with a full time job.

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