Fit in the C-Suite: How 6 successful leaders exercise every week

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With the New Year almost upon us, people across the country will soon resolve to workout more and simultaneously sign up for new gym memberships. 

Inspired individuals often have goals in mind, including physical results like weight loss and muscle toning, while others simply wish to “get in better shape” and commit to a healthier lifestyle in general. 

One overlooked benefit from squats, curls, burpees, etc. is how these moves can positively impact your work life. When it comes to benefitting one’s career, exercise has shown to increase performance in the office and one’s mood. So, even if you aren’t looking to run a marathon within the next 12 months or drop a few pounds — by putting in time on the treadmill, you may put yourself one step ahead of your co-workers (and have an upbeat attitude to boot).

Regardless of the duration, frequency or type of exercise, C-suite executives understand the importance of working out regularly. Six execs share their workout routines and why it works for them.

Chip Malt, Made In Co-Founder & CEO —  Crux Climbing Gym in Austin, Texas

  • The workout:  Indoor rock climbing and weight lifting
  • Time commitment: 45 minutes of bouldering or fixed rope climbs mixed with 30 minutes of strength and core workouts
  • How often he goes: 5+ days/week
  • Cost: $55/month 

“I grew up rock climbing when I was young, but took a lot of time off during high school and college. I started getting back into indoor rock climbing two years ago when I moved to Austin. There is a lot of really good outdoor rock climbing right downtown in Austin, so it also helps me enjoy the outdoors. I got into mountain biking this year when my buddy moved to Austin from California and was a big mountain biker. Austin has a lot of easily accessible great mountain bike trails right downtown.” 

Agatha Luczo, Furtuna Skin, Founder and Chief Creative Officer — The Happy Body (online)

  • The workout: Online classes featuring weight lifting and cardio, including live video coaching once a month.
  • Time commitment: 30 to 40 min.
  • How often she goes: 3-5 days/week
  • Cost: $49/month 

“Being a busy mom of four, I needed a workout program that I can do on my own wherever I am since my time is very limited. They teach you the series of workouts in three sessions and you can do the workouts on your own – even when traveling. All you need is a few sets of weights! Even if you don’t have weights, I can still do the series, which makes me stronger, more flexible and gives me more energy.  I love working out because it helps with my health and gives added glow to my skin.”

Dan Mannix, CSM Sport & Entertainment, North America CEO —  Peloton and The Class by Taryn Toomey in New York City

  • The workouts: Peloton is an indoor cycling class (also streaming for at-home bikes) to upbeat music. The Class by Taryn Toomey is a series of guided repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, completed to powerful music. (Some chanting is involved.)
  • Time commitment: Peloton: 30 min. to 1 hour, The Class: 65 min. to 75 min.
  • How often he goes: Peloton: 2-3days/week, The Class: 2 days/week
  • Cost: Peloton: $32/class, The Class: $35/class

“There are two staples in my workout routine: I love going to The Class by Tayrn Toomey, and I love cycling on my Peloton because of the consistent cardio both provide. Together, this routine is an amazing regime physically, mentally and psychologically, providing not just a therapeutic outlet but inspiration to pursue the extraordinary.”

Jason Mayden, Super Heroic, Co-Founder & CEO — Personal Training and At-Home Yoga in Oakland, CA

  • The workout: 1-on-1 training focusing on HIIT, Plyometrics, Boxing/Combat Sports conditioning, Yoga and calisthenics 
  • Time commitment: 1 hour to 75 min. 
  • How often he goes: 5 days/week
  • Cost: Varies per session

“I’ve always been an athlete. I love pushing myself beyond my perceived limits. Trying new ways of exposing and mastering my weaknesses is how I stay humble and hungry for personal development, stress management and ultimately inner peace.”

Tracey McLeod, Founder & CEO of TIEM — FireCycle in Waltham, Mass.

 

  • The workout: An indoor cycling class with a “fiery” vibe that features hills, sprints, and core work, while keeping the beat of the music in mind. 
  • Time commitment: 45 min.-1 hour
  • How often she goes: 3-5 times/week

 

  • Cost: $25/class

“I was always an avid outdoor cyclist, taking part in charity rides and riding recreationally as much as I could, so when the indoor cycling trend began to take off a few years ago, I knew I had to get involved. I love to start my day with a workout. It sets the tone so I can feel focused and energized throughout the day. The different teachers and their individual teaching styles keep me coming back.”

Brian Jeong, Hawthorne Co-founder & CEO — Tone House in New York City

  • The workout: An intense athletic and team-based group fitness studio class that includes sprints, hurdles and box jumps
  • Time commitment: 55 minutes
  • How often he goes: 1 time/week 
  • Cost: $40/class

The team environment is like no other. Since there is someone in front of you and behind you in line, you really can’t slow down or stop. Instead, you encourage each other to get through each circuit, lap, and exercises. Whenever I start a class, I really don’t know if I will make it to the end — and sometimes I haven’t. It really helps to take me to the edge so I can discover what my limit is. That way I’m giving my 100% and I have a tangible goal to improve on for next time.”

Hilary Sheinbaum is a freelance journalist who has contributed to 45-plus publications including The New York Times, USA TODAY, Travel + Leisure and Yahoo.com.