How We Work Out: Monday Motivation

Taking group fitness out of the gym and into the office

It started as many office movements do, in an email addressed to “all staff.”

The first of the weekly reminders came mid-February, and subsequent emails have forewarned of each Monday workout since.

“All you need is something to workout in and a great attitude and smile,” the initial email read. “You’re going to hate it and then love it!”

“It” is a plyometrics based workout called Tri Strength, it tore us up and true to the email—we do in fact love it. The workout is a series of timed circuits made up solely of body weight exercises. The hour-long sessions can be customized and they can be done anywhere. For example, we do our workouts in an empty office room. No equipment necessary, no gym membership necessary, but it is ideal to have a group.

These are moves you wouldn’t be inclined to do on your own and, as is the case for every workout, you only get out what effort you put in. The group helps with motivation, it’s always good to have a knowledgeable instructor and it’s much more gratifying to complain about soreness to people who are hurting just as much.

These workouts are designed to build strength and prevent injury, which is why they make a great addition to marathon and triathlon training programs. Lindsay says in the final stretch of a race, it’s often the muscles around the hips or the glutes that give out because they haven’t been developed enough. These plyo-based workouts target those overlooked areas and fortify against injury.

But those aren’t the only muscles we build through this workout. Circuits are made up of tried-and-true exercises like burpees, planks and good old fashioned push-ups, in addition to some hybrid moves, which means we get a whole body workout and work up a good sweat.

We are no strangers to exercise here at The Active Times, but after the first workout it felt as if we had never used those muscles before. 24 hours after the first class we could feel the onset of soreness that comes after a dynamic workout. After 48 hours (and for the next three days) we couldn’t deal with stairs of any kind or height. The good news is we've adjusted quickly and by the second and third weeks the soreness was much more tolerable.

The Active Times staff was not the mastermind behind Monday Motivation—though we happily participate each week. Social Media Manager Lindsay Meyers set out the plan and leads each workout. She has extensive experience in training others, and can count herself as a training success story, as she has completed more than 50 triathlons.

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