This Restaurant Lets You Pay for Meals with a Workout (No, a Jaw Workout Doesn't Count)

This Restaurant Lets You Pay for Meals with a Workout (No, a Jaw Workout Doesn't Count)

We’ll take the pulled pork burger with a side of planks.

By Megan Eileen McDonough

If washboard abs are on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re in for a treat…literally. A bold new dining experiment, "Run for your Bun!" is the first cafe that will actually accept exercise as a form of payment, essentially treating you to lunch if you do a workout first. In fact, that’s the only way you’ll get your grub.

London in winter isn’t exactly the most encouraging time to amp up your fitness routine, but as it turns out, neither is summer. New research reveals that the average worker in the city spends a whopping 90 percent of his or her work day sitting down and being stationary. Apparently horrified by this sad statistic, David Lloyd Clubs set about launching a cafe where customers could "pay" for their lunch in planks.

The format is fairly simple. Ticketed patrons arrive ready to workout, select the lunch dish of their choice and promptly get to business. The six-minute high intensity interval (HIIT) workout consists of one-minute on a rowing machine and another minute on a spin bike, followed by one minute on a treadmill. Then, there are 60 seconds of sit-ups, bodyweight squats and lunges, with 30-second breaks in between each set.

Then it’s off to the cool-down area, aka the cafe, for a satisfying meal. You have an hour to chill out before being kicked to the curb.

Curious as to whether the cuisine is worth the curl-ups? We’ll let you be the judge. The lunch options at "Run For Your Bun" include:

Smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, chilli and lime on toasted wholemeal bread.

Giant couscous 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.

As the David Lloyd team notes, the cafe is less about “canceling out” calories from food with exercise and more about the long-term benefits of combining a healthy diet with regular exercise. While you can’t end your workout with a gourmet meal everyday, "Run for your Bun" will hopefully encourage a healthier lifestyle among Londoners—and maybe even show up stateside?

Surprising no one, the first batch of tickets are sold out, BUT more will be released on Wednesday morning (Jan. 11th) so set that alarm clock, stat.

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