The Secret Rooms of Corporate Workplaces
Does your workplace have secret rooms? Rooms that only a few people know about?
Mine does. I use the secret room at corporate headquarters to get in some exercise or yoga at any time of day. And I’m always the ONLY one in there.
Find these rooms and put them to good use by using then for workplace workouts.
This article – apartments, long abandoned above NY libraries, corporations also have lost and secret rooms reminded me of how cool and full of adventure a secret room makes me feel.
The picture is of a secret room above a New York City Library. There are many such rooms, long abandoned, above New York’s’ libraries.
How cool is it to explore these secret rooms and be the only person to use or see the room for decades!
My Secret Room
The secret room at my work is in a place called the Design Yard. It’s a sprawling building of corrugated metal with silos painted red punctuated into the structure. It’s made to blend in with the many farms that were in the area it was built. Now however, many of the farms are gone replaced by housing developments and commercial buildings.
You have to walk down a long, really long, hallway along the front of the building. Then you enter an office space of cubicles used by a team designing tables.
Finally, enter a changing room with lockers and two rooms as small as bathrooms, but without toilets, to change in.
Put on a pair of safety glasses and head into the warehouse.
Look to your left and there’s a door and inside is a fitness room. It’s pretty much a carpeted room with yoga mats, a fan and not much else.
The great thing about it is that hardly anyone knows it’s there and as far as I know, if a yoga class isn’t going on (which happens twice a week, for an hour), no one is ever in here.
That means I can use it whenever I want to meditate, get in a workout or just stretch out and listen to a podcast.
Another Secret Room (in Cincinnati)
Another time, back in the 90’s, I worked for a really big corporation. All the Vice Presidents worked downtown in a building called the General Offices. It was nearly impossible to get a meeting with a VP. They were secretive, had their own floor of the building with walled off windowed offices and didn’t take appointment from nearly anyone.
Well, I managed to get an appointment to talk about my future career in food science (an interest of mine at the time and our company made peanut butter and other foods). After meeting for a half hour in his office, he said we should go get some lunch.
Expecting to hit the cafe, he instead steered me to an unmarked door. He opened it and inside was a full service restaurant with waitstaff, menus and everything. This was the 90’s and before Google did this for all employees. It was unheard of. Brand new to the world of corporate work, this blew me away. Here was this secret restaurant tucked away in a building with free food, but only for executives.
What are the secret rooms in your corporation?
Secret rooms are exciting. What rooms have you found in out of the way places?
Never say there’s no where to work out at work.
Here are various ways I have worked out at work or on the road:
- Stash a kettle bell in your filing cabinet. Grab it and hit the park at lunch.
- Find a secret room and get in some mobility, a cardio session or some yoga.
- Walk around the whole office, again and again, and again.
- Take talking phone calls. Get a headset and walk while you are on conference calls.
- Pull ups in the trees just outside the corporate boundary.
- 100 jumping jacks in between phone calls
- Walk to the corporate gym, do 20 pull ups, walk back to desk. Repeat a few times over 8 hours.
- 5 minute wall sits while on the phone.
Don’t limit yourself to off-work time to fit in your workouts. Take the time to learn about the resources all around you and be creative.
Secret rooms are out there. Where’s Yours?