Legal counsel Meaghan See shares how she juggles her full-time job and busy fitness life.
There are busy people. And then there are really, really busy people. Listening to Meaghan See tell us about her daily schedule had us flustered – something, we guarantee you, that rarely happens. Packed with so many activities at various locations, it’s enough to make the sharpest PA want to pop a migraine pill.
In fact, it still catapults us into self-reflection mode. For instance, can we make better use of our time instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Instagramming food, gossiping with friends, checking out the next hip cafe to visit, and doing 1,001 other frivolous things?
You see, Meaghan, who’s a legal counsel in a bank, manages to work out not once – but twice – every day. On top of that, the 29-year-old teaches barre at WeBarre and spinning classes at Anthem. You must be thinking that that’s crazy. But there’s a secret to the madness: careful planning.
This self-professed energizer bunny is up by 6am on weekdays. She does a 6km run, washes up, and hits her desk at 8.15am. At lunchtime on alternate days, she sneaks in a 30- to 45-minute workout at TripleFit or Orangetheory Fitness, then grabs lunch (usually salad) on her way back to the office.
When she leaves in the evening, she heads to – you guessed it – WeBarre or Anthem, to either teach or exercise. Weekends are also dedicated to teaching barre and spinning, plus going for yoga at Yoga Movement.
All this has been happening for the last four and a half years and counting, which is about the same time that Meaghan joined the workforce.
Before judging her for being extreme, hear her out: “Working out gets me ready for my day, keeps it going, and ends it in the best way possible. It clears my mind while keeping me focused on my tasks ahead, and puts me in the most optimal mental and physical state to perform my duties.”
As someone with “ants in my pants”, Meaghan says it takes little to get her butt moving. “Knowing the consequences of not exercising keeps me going. Without these workouts, I’d feel groggy and lethargic. Workouts power me up better than coffee,” she says.
Of course, with a hectic life comes sacrifices. The legal eagle clocks about six hours of sleep daily, which she deems sufficient because “my days are better spent being awake. Besides, I fall asleep very quickly. And when I sleep, I really, really sleep.”
To make sure she hits the sack by midnight, she cuts down on social activities, like meeting up with friends. “I choose to compromise this aspect of my life, not because these people or activities aren’t important to me, but because there are so many things I want to do and accomplish. Besides, I know that the people and things that matter will always be there for me.”
In Meaghan’s words…
I juggle my different commitments by… planning my schedule at least two weeks in advance, even to the extent of being boring and rigid!
My biggest time-saving tip is… taking out the next day’s workout and work attire the night before. And dry shampoo.
If I only have five minutes to work out, I will… do an AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of 10 jump squats, 10 push-ups, 10 V-ups and 10 full burpees.
Every superwoman needs a… comfy bed.
When I’m not working or working out, I’m… planning classes, pigging out, watching Netflix or sleeping.
The person who inspires me most is… (persons, please!) my mum, grandma and all the women I work with, plus mums who can keep up with life’s demands.
If I could have a superpower, it would be… to slow down and speed up time whenever I want.
The three most important things in my life are… my loved ones, my health and well-being, and my dogs. Okay, that’s four!
I love being a woman because… I get to challenge preconceived notions about women, and surprise myself and others while doing so.
My life motto is… never stop doing what keeps you going.