Imagine being able to enjoy a hearty, delicious meal without being plagued by the dreaded knowledge that your waistline will be the one paying it down in the long run.
A new café in London’s Covent Garden is making that a reality – by accepting your sweat as currency.
Set up by David Lloyd Gyms, the ‘Run For Your Bun’ café will allow customers to order whatever they please from the menu in exchange for an intense six-minute workout.
Organizers say the idea was born from new research revealing that the average office worker spends 90 percent of their working day sitting down.
“The café… aims to encourage workers to be more active during the working day and highlight the important role that a balanced diet and regular exercise play in a healthy lifestyle,” reads a press release.
At the first-of-its-kind café, diners will first place a lunch order, and then complete their workout under the guidance of the café’s personal trainers before receiving their complimentary meal.
The quick ‘HIIT’ (high-intensity interval training) workout includes one-minute on a rowing machine, one minute on a spin bike and one minute on a treadmill. Diners must also complete 60-seconds of sit-ups, bodyweight squats and lunges.
If you can stomach it, you'll be treated to one of the following lunch options:
- Smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, chilli and lime on toasted wholemeal bread
- Giant cous cous with apricots, raisins, pine nuts, lemon, coriander and fresh basil with a balsamic dressing
- Grilled chicken breast burger with tomato, red onion and garlic mayo
- Pita pockets with mixed salad and a choice of smoked salmon or grilled halloumi filling
If you’re across the pond in coming weeks, you can check out the café Jan. 11-13 from Noon to 3 p.m. You can even book a free ticket for guaranteed entry right here.