Workouts for Working People: How You Can Get in Great Shape While Staying Employed

Workouts for Working People: How You Can Get in Great Shape While Staying Employed


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Workouts for Working People: How You Can Get in Great Shape While Staying Employed by Mark Allen, Bob Babbitt, Julie Moss


In Workouts For Working People, Ironman legends Mark Allen and Julie Moss bring you the ultimate fitness program that shows you how to get, be and stay in phenomenal shape without giving up the rest of your life.

In 1997, after winning six Ironman Triathlons, Mark Allen retired from his career as a professional triathlete and joined the working world. Until then, he had never understood the challenge of finding time in the day for work, family and fitness. But as he and his wife Julie, also a professional triathlete and a new mother, learned there just never seemed to be enough hours in the day. But fortunately, because their whole life had been devoted fitness, they endeavored to find a way to stay fit within the confines of this new lifestyle. Workouts For Working People is their comprehensive recipe for fitness. They will help you define your current fitness status and determine what your fitness goals are. Then they will explain how you can go out and accomplish them!

Included are ways to:

  • Maximize your workouts and workout time
  • Stretch effectively, efficiently, and consistently
  • Enjoy your exercise program so that it's something that you enjoy, not that agonizing something that you do just so that you can check it off your to do list
  • Workout with your partner - even if you are not at the same level
  • Make delicious food that works for you
  • Focus your energy so that your exercise invigorates you and your life

Filled with inspiring anecdotes fromtheir lives, this is not just a book filled with workout plans and nutritional schedules, although it the best ones available, it's a philosophy for living that Mark and Julie practice, and have tested on others who have all had dramatic results using it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375752704
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2000
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.51(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Mark Allen is the triathlon's Michael Jordan.  He is a six-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon held in Hawaii (his final victory came at the age of 37 making him the oldest champion ever in this event), the only Triple Crown Winner (he won the Nice France International Triathlon, the demanding Zofingen Dualthon and Ironman triathlon all in one year), 10 Time Undefeated Nice International Triathlon Champion and is this only athlete to have a 20 race winning streak in the history of the sport.  

Julie Moss is a three time Japan Ironman champion and mother of one.  She is a Masters marathoner and internationally known triathlete.  Mark and Julie live in Northern California with their son Mats.

Bob Babbitt is the co-founder and editor of Competitor Publishing, which publishes Competitor Magazine, CitySports Magazine and Florida Sports Magazine.  He lives in Southern California.

Read an Excerpt

Finding the Time Often the Energy Pie gets divvied up long before any of it gets put aside for fitness. This is a reality. Who wants to get up at some ridiculously early hour to work out before heading into the office? Who has the energy left at the end of the day to pack in thirty painful minutes of exercise?

Fitness is no longer a byproduct of living. You have to make it happen. Exercise requires physical energy to accomplish--and often a big dose of mental energy just to get out the door. Both of these elements take hefty slices out of the Energy Pie. Sometimes just the thought of adding a workout on to the other commitments in your life can be enough to activate the internal overload button.

So where can you find the time? How can you create the energy?

At first glance, it may look as if there is a finite amount of energy and time to split up. You need ten to twelve hours of energy and time for work and the commute in both directions. Another chunk has to be carved out to fulfill all the daily household and family commitments. Then, even the most sleep-deprived human spends some time in the sack. Where can you possibly find another thirty minutes or hour of that time pie to work out?

Scheduling: The Anatomy of a Day Here is a realistic model of a twenty-four-hour period in the average adult American's day:

The alarm goes off at six a.m. It takes forty-five minutes to get to work with the traffic. You have to be at your desk at eight a.m., but everyone shows up ten to fifteen minutes early at your company. So you rush through a shower, scan the paper while you grab some toast and coffee, and by seven a.m. it's out the door.

Youwork all morning, then have one hour for lunch. You take only from twelve-thirty to one p.m., however, because it's expected. In that half hour, you only have time for a fast-food fix and more coffee, hurrying all the time.

You are supposed to get off by five p.m., but there are projects that need to get done and people you need to talk to in different time zones. So you don't get out of the office until six-thirty at best. Most days it's seven.

You get home pretty close to eight p.m., unless you have to stop by the market or the bank first--and finally it's time for you. Forget a workout. You're starving, exhausted, and, well, tomorrow's another day. So you eat something that resembles dinner from eight-thirty to nine p.m. By the time the dishes are cleaned up, it's nine-thirty.

By then the day is D-O-N-E and so are you. The mind and body need some time to wind down. You look at mail, read magazines and, the next thing you know, it's eleven p.m. If you don't get to bed now, tomorrow is going to be a nightmare. Eleven p.m. to six a.m. is the buffer between today and tomorrow. If you're lucky, your mind won't try to solve the world's problems tonight and you will get some sleep.

And you don't even have kids yet.

Planning Makes a Difference Where is this person going to find the time to work out? Here are ten suggestions for this situation that probably mirror the reality many Americans live in.

1. Get up just a little bit earlier. Skip the shower, climb in the car, and drive to the health club wearing your workout clothes. Bring your business clothes organized on a hanger. By getting your training in before work, it's done and your mind is free to focus on the rest of the day. Energy is created with that freedom. Time is created because you miss rush-hour traffic, and your mind and body are humming, so you're productive from the moment you enter your office. The Energy Pie is working for you instead of against you.

2. You don't like getting up early? What are you doing for lunch? Conduct that business conversation in running shoes instead of over a glob of chicken Caesar salad. Get your boss to join you for a noon indoor cycling class at the club. Start a lunchtime walking group. (There's strength in numbers.) This is a whole hour of your Energy Pie.

3. Pack your workout clothes in the gym bag and keep them in the trunk of the car. Then you can do a workout on your way home, before collapsing into the easy chair. Take that run in the park before Junior asks you to help with homework that not even you can figure out. The bottom line here is that once you get home at the end of the day, the chance of getting out again is slim. So take the extra time before you head for home. Do a workout, and create more energy by transforming leftover, stagnant, sitting-in-the-office-chair energy into clean, oxygenated, workout-generated alive energy.

4. Meet your mate for a postwork, predinner swim. It'll get the juices flowing, and it always helps to have support. Your Energy Pie will be a little smaller in terms of time, but significantly bigger in terms of energy.

5. You have a family that needs and wants you around and who would strangle you if you didn't come straight home from work? Get some exercise equipment for the house. Put a treadmill in the garage or family room. You can work out at home, and the family knows you are at least within shouting distance. Get some free weights, a workout bench, and a floor mat. Use these to create your own circuit workout setup and invite the whole family to participate.

6. Give up some of your sacred television time and replace it with a workout. The average American watches about thirty hours of TV a week. Even a professional athlete would be hard-pressed to work out thirty hours in a week.

7. Do the workouts that require the most time on the days you have the time to do them. Stressing to fit in a two-hour workout on the bike during a one-hour lunch break defeats one of the benefits of exercise, which is stress reduction.

8. Cut back on work. Yes, just do it. Those reports, e-mails, faxes, projects, and briefs will still be there when you get back from your workout. And chances are you will be more efficient with better health and more energy than the slug next to you who wouldn't dream of skipping out early to meet people for a bike ride.

9. Meet your husband or wife, friend, or family member for a workout. Just knowing they will be waiting helps create the energy and motivation that may not exist when you are solo.

10. Use unexpected free time. Unexpected things get in the way of a workout, evaporate time, or drain your energy. But what happens when a slot of time suddenly opens up? Do you fill it with more work, just sit and vegetate, or head out for a quick jog? Do you burn up the time chatting with someone or invite them to sneak away for a walk? Do you go buy that dress you've been eyeing or fit in the workout that will make you feel better than any piece of clothing ever could?

Table of Contents

Part IGet Started
1How We Began3
2Defining Your Fitness14
3Set a Goal--Change Your Life25
4The Energy Pie--Creating the Time38
Part IIGet Going
5Time to Sweat47
6Pump It Up--Weight Training60
7Stretch It Good74
8The Programs84
Part IIIGet Healthy
9Nutrition--How to Make Food Really Work for you111
10Managing Your Diet119
11Kid Fitness138
12Body, Heart, and Spirit--How to Maintain Your Fitness Program143

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