These days, you don’t have to be a fitness instructor to fit in an afternoon sweat session. From traditional and social media to investment banking, some companies are embracing the trend with in-house facilities, instructors, greenmarkets and general health & wellness testing.
At my office, there’s theClub, a pay-for-play gym with a full class schedule and full-time instructors, a greenmarket in the cafeteria on Wednesdays and blood pressure testing around the clock. The new meaning of “stress test”? My boyfriend’s company goes even further, offering a standard “uniform” (tee, shorts, socks and undergarments) for guys and girls who forget their clothes (or just hate doing laundry), in addition to equipment and personnel. They also sponsor race registration and help make it all happen with post-training parties and transportation to and from out-of-town destinations.
While out on the west coast, I toured Clif Bar’s HQ and took an insider peek at how the (lucky) crew behind my favorite energy bars make the most of their workdays–and make a difference in the community.
The Clif Bar athletes’ wall offers gym-goers a little last-minute motivation. I mean, if they can do it…
Bored with your cardio or weight training routine? There’s always rock climbing.
A conference room overlooks the garden with employee bike “parking.” (Even bikes are zen here.)
Look up and you’ll see more bikes…
…plus, skis and snowboards.
Coffee (or a puzzle break?) to spark afternoon creativity.
And, community: employees are encouraged to volunteer on company time for causes that they care about (provided that their office work is done). Onward and upward.
How do you make time to work out before, during or after work? And, what health & wellness benefits does your company offer or would you like to see at your office?