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Squeezing in time to exercise during the workweek can be a challenge, especially if you’re not an early riser. However, more and more fitness studios in Raleigh are offering ways to workout during your lunch hour.
Just remember: don’t gobble up a big lunch right before exercising. “Food is your fuel, so you definitely want to have a light snack within one to two hours of your lunchtime workout,” says Brittany Guerin, an instructor at Flywheel in Cameron Village. She recommends a handful of raw almonds, Greek yogurt or half a banana with peanut butter.
“After a calorie torching, interval-based workout, it’s key to eat to replenish your body,” she says. “The sooner you eat and hydrate, the sooner you start repairing your muscles from the hard work you just did.”
Flywheel Indoor Cycling class
Flywheel’s 45-minute cycling class at noon daily in Cameron Village offers a full-body workout to fun, curated playlists. The studio has showers stocked with Bliss products and bath towels, plus a blow dry “bar” including dry shampoo, deodorant and anything else you need to freshen up. They’ve also partnered with OrderUp, so that guests can have a healthy, ready-to-go lunch delivered to the studio.
Barre Up Buti Flow Lunch Express
Buti Yoga combines yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics into one comprehensive workout. The paired down lunchtime class, however, is more flow oriented but still offers enough action so you to return to work energized and refreshed.
Jawbreaker Boxing Gym lunch hour membership
Jawbreaker offers a high-powered boxing fitness program for those working downtown. Classes are offered four days a week, but don’t expect an easy ride. The boxing fitness class is a high-energy workout, and the gym offers a one-on-one introductory training session with a coach before getting started.
The Brier Creek-located studio offers two lunch hour classes—a boot camp (Mondays and Wednesdays) and M’bala (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Boot camp gets people in shape using kettle balls, sandbags, jump ropes, stairs and more, while M’bala offers a 45-minute hot, power yoga session using weights. The studio also offers shower facilities with complimentary towels.
Lunch Yoga at Bliss Body Yoga
This yoga studio near Rex Hospital offers a one-hour flow practice during lunch break for a $10 drop-in rate. The mid-day practice builds strength and flexibility without breaking into a heavy sweat, making it easier to freshen up before heading back to work.
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