Hello! I greet you with a question — are you married to your workout program? Do you map out your week of workouts and get a little anxiety if something is going to interfere with them? Do you feel like you’ll never make gains if you don’t stay consistent?
I mean, consistency is the key to achieving fitness results, right? Well yes, but not exactly. Let’s not smother the workout program marriage; let’s adapt it to a more relaxing, tolerable and happy relationship. As a former program-obsesser, here’s my recent approach to my fitness planning:
Back story……..in April, I changed regions for work. This has caused me to sit A LOT. Hours in the car traveling/sitting, sitting in meetings, sitting in hotel rooms. Sitting. It has caused such anxiety for me. I hate it. BUT, I wasn’t adapting my general fitness program. I was pouting because I didn’t have my gym during the week. Some days I would buy a guest pass at the local gym, desperately trying to not skip a workout from my strength training program. Or I was going to the hotel fitness center, but not in the correct mind set — they didn’t have the equipment I needed, I would say. One day I said, STOP THE MADNESS. You just need to at LEAST move, with a general plan each time. Push, pull, condition, fasted walks…just get something challenging and productive accomplished with body movement.
It’s been about 2-3 weeks since I’ve committed to loosening up on my strict workout program and have just been working hard during whatever workout I’m doing. Here is a sample from the past two days:
Monday – “at home workout”:
#1: 3 Rounds with minimal rest period:
- 8-10 push ups
- 15 KB swings (35#)
- 3 pull ups (iron gym pull up bar in house)
#2: 3 Rounds with minimal rest period:
- 8x KB Offset Single Leg RDLs (35#)
- 8x KB clean and squat (35#)
- 2-3 pull ups
Tuesday Hotel “Movement” Day (this was impulsive, as I knew I needed to just move due to so much sitting all day):
- Started by walking hotel property, which was a large area, great for lap.
- On the back stretch, I saw a soft patch of grass………………………………
- Stretched on grass, to include lunges down and back.
- Inch worms, down and back.
- 1x plank max out (used cell phone stopwatch to time)
- Multiple handstand attempts
- 5x parking lot sprints
As you can see, one day was more planned, the other more impulsive. BUT today was still productive, fun, relaxing and I feel satisfied. Tomorrow will likely be a walk in the morning and overall recovery day. Thursday I will hit the gym, as I’ll be home.
I’m really enjoying the freedom in my workout planning and not having that anxiety with sticking to my EXACT plan. 3 weeks ago, I would have skipped both yesterday and today because I wasn’t at the gym. Do I prefer to follow my plan as closely as possible? Yes, of course. But to just not workout at all in spite of not having the right equipment needed to stop. I was using that as an excuse to be lazy. I’m not training for any competition or event, so the most important thing to me is to be healthy and fit — however that needs to happen, I need to find a way.
If you relate to being married to your workout program, I hope this can help you relax. I’ll have more adapted workouts to come in the future. Stay tuned!
Good Night, All! **Get your 8 hours tonight!**