Top Mid-Day Workouts to Do on Your Lunch Break

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By: Jess Appel, ACSM Certified Master Level Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Believe me, I get it. We’re all busy. Finding time to exercise each day can be a challenge. Since work, family commitments and a social life take up the majority of your time, fitting fitness into an already crammed schedule can feel downright impossible. Squeezing in a quick lunch break workout may be the perfect solution.

Exercising during the middle of the day is a great way to maximize your free time.  It gives you a mental break and has been shown to improve your productivity and energy for the rest of the day. In addition, a study from the University of Missouri at Columbia finds staying glued to your office chair all day actually shuts off enzymes in your muscles responsible for fat burning.

Luckily, we’ve got your back with a handful of midday classes to get you up and moving.  The 360 and Downtown locations both serve up effective and efficient classes that make sneaking a daily sweat sesh into your lunch break a breeze.

So get out of your seat, grab your gym bag, and go!


360 Location Classes

Recess with Michele MG

Tuesday 12:15-1 pm 

Everybody loves recess! It’s easily the best part of the day. Flashback to your younger years, have fun and get a full body workout using a variety of school yard equipment, like jump ropes and medicine balls. Don’t worry, we’ll skip the dodge ball!

Cycle+Strength with Tonja

Monday & Wednesday 12:30-1:15 pm 

Knock out both your cardio and strength work in this quick and efficient class. Cycle+Strength will challenge your endurance on the spin bike while increasing muscular strength with off-the-bike weight moves. Set up in front of a fan and feel the wind blow through your hair!


Hatha Yoga with Anna

Wednesday 12-1 pm 

Have a stressful work environment? Feeling like ripping your hair out after a morning packed with meetings? This therapeutic and stress relieving yoga class is for you. Warm up the body with some gentle movement, and then focus on holding poses longer as the Anna guides you with more detail and props. You’ll head back to work ready to tackle the rest of the day.


Really commit to it! Online sign-up for classes opens 48 hours in advance. 


Downtown Location Classes

Black Belt Conditioning with Robert 

Monday 12-12:55 pm 

Develop total body endurance, strength, and agility while training your Ninja skills with mixed martial arts punch/kick combos, groundwork, plyometrics and weight work.


Target Toning EXPRESS with Hilary

Tuesday & Thursday 12:15-1 pm 

Perfect for those on a tight schedule, the EXPRESS version of Hilary’s popular Target Toning class gets you a total body tone in 45 minutes.  You’ll complete exercises with light weights, resistance bands, and body weight to achieve the trim and toned look you want. 


LimBarre with Jae Hoon Lim

Friday 12:15-1 pm 

Kickstart your weekend with this 45-minute power lunch workout. LimBarre combines basic ballet exercises at the barre with classical Pilates on the mat and is set to motivating music. Plie your way to a stronger core and leaner physique. 


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Jess Appel Master Personal Trainer Castle Hill FitnessJess Appel is excited by fitness because of its ability to truly transform lives. Carefully building a physically strong, well fed body changes the way you feel and interact with the world. After 15 years in the fitness industry, Jess has witnessed and directed a multitude of physical transformations and is an expert at helping clientele break through plateaus. Not only will Jess transform your physique and ignite your metabolic engine, she will radically revolutionize the way you feel in your body.