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Old 08-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Dieting/Working Out with Long Hour Desk Job

Alright, so as the title describes, I will be starting my first big boy job on September 3rd. The hours will be very unpleasant at best and 9am-Midnight-1am when we are closing a deal. I am beginning to worry about the effect that this will have on my health and physique. I am hoping to be able to squeeze 3 workouts in a week but not sure if I will have time for cardio and will be looking to be dieting for my first few months there. Given the background info, here are a few questions:

1. Weighing 205@ at 15% BF, what do you think I should set my calories at for fat loss while doing zero cardio and only working out 3x a week?
2. Any tricks to incorporate some form of exercise in throughout the day?
3. Quick routines I can do in the morning? - was thinking maybe Tabata style burpees or something
4. General advice on how I can stay in shape/get in better shape/not become a fat piece of lard while working this job
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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I switched to CrossFit before I took my current job, but taking the current job reinforced CrossFit for me.

My workout schedule now is generally three CF workouts per week (and I usually go pretty hard) with other days focusing on cardio, aesthetic muscles (read: chest and arms.)

When I'm traveling, I'll do either tabata-style movements (although I HATE burpees...) or some sort of quick circuit of sit-ups, push-ups, HSPUs, bodyweight squats, etc.

The bigger issue, I'm guessing, will be that your coworkers will likely want to go out to dinner and drinks all the time.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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I switched to CrossFit before I took my current job, but taking the current job reinforced CrossFit for me.

My workout schedule now is generally three CF workouts per week (and I usually go pretty hard) with other days focusing on cardio, aesthetic muscles (read: chest and arms.)

When I'm traveling, I'll do either tabata-style movements (although I HATE burpees...) or some sort of quick circuit of sit-ups, push-ups, HSPUs, bodyweight squats, etc.

The bigger issue, I'm guessing, will be that your coworkers will likely want to go out to dinner and drinks all the time.
Are you still liking the CF stuff. Update your thread sometimes if you can so I can see the wods. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Tom, what job is it?

It's tough. The most important part is that you don't fall into that "lets go out for drinks" thing all the time and you're preparing your meals for the week.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:59 PM   #4
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Are you still liking the CF stuff. Update your thread sometimes if you can so I can see the wods. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Tom, what job is it?

It's tough. The most important part is that you don't fall into that "lets go out for drinks" thing all the time and you're preparing your meals for the week.
My WODs are always available at http://www.thefoundrychicago.com/category/WOD/


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DE Deadlift
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***9632;50 Thrusters #45/35
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I don't see what is ridiculous by robbing with a sword.A sword in one od the most lethal wepon !!!

It's more easy to kill with a sword than with a gun.

A sword is more frightening than toy-looking gun like glock.

robbing with a sword is a good thing
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My WODs are always available at http://www.thefoundrychicago.com/category/WOD/


PREP:
Tabata Burpees
***9632;8 cycles (20:10)


STRENGTH:
DE Deadlift
***9632;20 x1 E:30 @80%

MetCon:
RxGOAL < 18:00 CAP < 24:00
***9632;50 Thrusters #45/35
***9632;800m Run
***9632;30 Pull-up
***9632;1000m Row
***9632;30 Pull-up
***9632;800m Run
***9632;50 Thrusters
lol I have one guy that comes to me start with burpees. He hates me lol.
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i honestly feel like im gonna have a heart attack and die because of burpees
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I worked hours like that for about 6 years and I made a point to go to the gym at lunch as much as I could. It broke up the day pretty well and keep me in decent shape. If someone is asking you to work 16 hour days they should be understanding enough to let you sneak out to go to the gym for an hour. Pack a lunch or grab something on the go.

This might not work for everyone, but I found that if you make a habit out of it, no one thinks twice about it. I would have my stuff all ready to go, would leave the office around 11:45 and be back in my desk after working out and showering by 1:00. Made those long days bearable and you didnt have to feel bad about yourself if you just went home and passed out if you were exhausted from work.

What kind of work are you doing and in what city? How close if your gym (or the closest gym) to your office. The money you save by packing a lunch a few days a week would pay for a gym membership near the office.
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I switched to CrossFit before I took my current job, but taking the current job reinforced CrossFit for me.

My workout schedule now is generally three CF workouts per week (and I usually go pretty hard) with other days focusing on cardio, aesthetic muscles (read: chest and arms.)

When I'm traveling, I'll do either tabata-style movements (although I HATE burpees...) or some sort of quick circuit of sit-ups, push-ups, HSPUs, bodyweight squats, etc.

The bigger issue, I'm guessing, will be that your coworkers will likely want to go out to dinner and drinks all the time.
Hmm haven't thought of doing CF. And i''m not too sure if that will be much of a problem since, from what I've heard, none of us will have much time for recreational activities haha.

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Are you still liking the CF stuff. Update your thread sometimes if you can so I can see the wods. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Tom, what job is it?

It's tough. The most important part is that you don't fall into that "lets go out for drinks" thing all the time and you're preparing your meals for the week.
Definitely prepare on planning my meals ahead of time so I'm never in a bind where fast food/eating out is the only option. The job is Leveraged Finance in NYC so i'm entering the world of I-Banking hours

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i honestly feel like im gonna have a heart attack and die because of burpees
Burpees are ****ing hell and that's exactly how I feel also haha

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I worked hours like that for about 6 years and I made a point to go to the gym at lunch as much as I could. It broke up the day pretty well and keep me in decent shape. If someone is asking you to work 16 hour days they should be understanding enough to let you sneak out to go to the gym for an hour. Pack a lunch or grab something on the go.

This might not work for everyone, but I found that if you make a habit out of it, no one thinks twice about it. I would have my stuff all ready to go, would leave the office around 11:45 and be back in my desk after working out and showering by 1:00. Made those long days bearable and you didnt have to feel bad about yourself if you just went home and passed out if you were exhausted from work.

What kind of work are you doing and in what city? How close if your gym (or the closest gym) to your office. The money you save by packing a lunch a few days a week would pay for a gym membership near the office.

I have to feel it out and being a small team, hopefully they will be a little more accommodating and I can workout during my lunch break. As previously stated above, the job is in leveraged finance as a part of their acquisition finance group in NYC. Not sure where the closest gym is as this has all fallen into place very quickly so I haven't even gotten an apartment in the city yet.
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So basically your hours will be similar to mine if we could my travel (i.e. not able to work out in my gym.)

Just understand that you will not be doing "big" workouts during the week. Plan on doing your "big" workouts on Saturday and Sunday, and maybe one during the week. If you make it to the gym the rest of the week, make those your smaller workouts, i.e. arms. Don't beat yourself up for missing a workout during the week. Keep healthy snacks at your desk and KEEP YOUR WATER UP.
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