Fitness Classes in Boston to Do on Your Lunch Break

Get in and get out in under 45 minutes.

lunch workouts in Boston

Photos via Barre Groove/Sweat Fixx/EverybodyFights

Squeezing in a lunchtime workout may seem like the impossible in the middle of a busy work day, but it can be done. And it can also be super helpful for productivity and overall happiness throughout the day (read: endorphins!). When looking for an afternoon sweat sesh it’s important to keep in mind travel time from your office, how much you think you’ll sweat, and what to eat before and after.

A 5-10 minute commute is most ideal so you’re not running over your mandated hour break. Low-intensity exercises like yoga or barre are preferable, but if you enjoy sweating to get your mind off the day be armed with dry shampoo, maybe some body wipes, and a change of clothes. A mid-morning snack before your workout is best, and save your lunch for afterwards.

Utilizing your lunch break for some type of recovery is also a great idea. Swing by Bdy Sqd for a 30-minute stretch or lounge in their infrared sauna. Book a massage or schedule a mobile cryotherapy session. It is also a great time to hit up open gym hours and take as long, or as little, time as you need. Places that offer open gym hours include: Heartbreak Hill Running Company, EverybodyFights FiDi and Seaport, Power Rowing, and CrossFit Invictus.

Below is a roundup of lunchtime workouts located in and around downtown Boston, all under 45 minutes.

30-Minute HIIT Bootcamp at Boston Fit Body Bootcamp: If you work in Charlestown this should be your go-to at lunchtime. The 30-minute class incorporates five stations of different exercises with very little rest in between each one. So although the class is short, it’ll pack a punch.

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 24 Cambrdige St., Boston, 617-337-3738,

Bar Express at the Bar Method Boston: Increase your flexibility and stretch out tight muscles, from sitting all morning long, in this 45-minute barre class.

12 p.m.-12:45 p.m. 75 Federal St., 1st Floor, Boston, 857-239-9815,

Fight x Mitt Work at EverybodyFights FiDi: If you’re a member at EverybodyFights, drop into this 30-minute class to focus on six rounds of shadowboxing, drill combinations, and more. 

12 p.m.-12:30 p.m., One Federal St., Boston,

Row Fixx at Sweat Fixx Southie: On Thursdays and Fridays head to the Gold’s Gym in Southie for a rowing-based workout mixed with strength training at Sweat Fixx. On Tuesdays you can head to the same space for Sculpt Fixx, which is the same class just without the rowing portion.

12 p.m.-12:45 p.m., 323 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, 617-581-5577,

Grit Plyo/Athletic Class at Cambridge Athletic Club: Get in and get out during this 25-minute class loaded with high-intensity moves and inspirational music to go faster and harder.

12:30 p.m.-12:55 p.m., CAC First Street, Athenauem Building, 215 First St., Cambridge, and others, 617-491-8989,

Title Boxing at North Station: In 30-minutes you’ll get through strength training, endurance, core work, and even a cool-down at this boxing haven.

12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m., 226 Causeway St., Boston, 617-426-9464,

HIIT at Zone 5 Fitness: Focusing on different body parts each day like chest, back, and core or full-body this workout combines strength training with bursts of cardio.

12:15 p.m.-1 p.m., 3 Hancock St., Boston, 617-367-2422,

Barre at Barre Groove: Combining elements of weight training, dance, music, and classic barre moves you’ll leave this workout smiling (and a little sweaty).

12:15 p.m.-1 p.m., 52 Province St., Suite 307, Boston,