February 15th, 2011
by Amy · Filed Under: Training
Hectic does not even begin to describe my life right now. It is tax season which means extremely busy hours, stress and exhaustion. It also means that I need to prioritize everything, including my training. I workout in the morning and on a normal week, if I decide to sleep in, I go to the gym after work. However, when I don’t leave the office until 8pm every night, going to the gym after work is simply not an option. Thus, making it to the gym every morning is of the upmost importance.
But, there are even some mornings when I am so exhausted I hit snooze for an extra 30 minutes. You know what that means? I slept through 30 minutes of my training time. I still need to get a workout in, but might not have time for a lift and cardio, if that is what I had planned.
Knowing my life is going to be like this for the next 8 weeks, I have to accept some things aren’t going to happen. I won’t necessarily be able to get in every training session I want, but there are certain sessions I won’t miss. If I have a choice of missing a lift or cardio, cardio is out the door. Lifting is far more beneficial than cardio.
If I have to choose between a plyo workout over steady state cardio, or an interval cardio session over steady state, the steady state cardio loses out.
Although I will toss cardio out the window that does not mean all cardiovascular exercise is gone. I’ll throw a crank in between giant sets. Or I’ll add on some type of plyo after every set. Or switch to full body workouts three times per week to keep me.
So when all else fails and you can’t fit in every training session you want, here are some pointers to keep you on track:
Prioritize lifts over cardio,
- Make lifts full body or add in plyos or a crank,
- If you can fit in cardio, go for the hard one, the crazy intervals,
- Do not be too hard on yourself for having other priorities in life that are taking a center stage.