Today started off well enough with a 4 mile run and some core and push up work upon returning. The humidity is back in the DC area after an awesomely cool week and man does it just knock you out! But the run was nice, and I had my day planned out really well. But, most of it went a little haywire after that and I had to mix things in as best I could. In fact, it got so out of whack actually missed a meal for the first time in over a month! Not the biggest deal in the world mind you, just interesting to me becuase I have been so comfortably on this nutrition experiment that it actually shocked me a little when I looked down at my notes and saw I hadn't eaten in almost 6 hours!
I got squats in before my kids class (was able to bang out 2 very smooth sets of 3 at 385#, very pumped about that. In fact, I felt as though I could have gotten 1 or 2 more sets there but 6 kids were there and I had to get rolling with them!). I then was able to get my good mornings in, getting up to 185# for 6 before realizing I just hadn't eaten. I weighed the options and decided to put the rest of the workout on hold to get food. I then got the last bit of supplemental work (glute/ham raises and weighted roll outs, both with some great weight!) as my large 6pm group began their warm ups.
This made me think a little bit about people talking about not having the time to get workouts in. Now, don;t get me wrong, I totally understand that being a trainer helps a TON with being able to not miss workouts, hell, I hang out in the gym all day! I don;t have an excuse to miss workouts! But, I became very aware that a healthier approach to the not-having-time dilemma, is to re-think how you workout. If you've never heard the phrase "grind the gears", learn it. I used it when working towards my 20 strict pull ups goal, and I used for to help with my handstand push ups. And it can really be used for anything depending on your situation. If you tend to have an all over the pace sort of lifestyle, learn to use small breaks to get some form of activity in. If you are a CrossFitter, or know me, you should already have an understanding of how little time you need to get am awesome workout in, so, allow that to be a part of your programming.
Grind The Gears basically means to just constantly get work in whenever you get the chance. For a single exercise/skill it means to practice it on a somewhat regular basis throughout the day (I would do 5 pull ups every time I passed under a pull up bar in my apartment). If you have only 15-20 minutes, hit the gym, warm up real quick and get 5 or so sets of a strength lift in. Later in the day get some supplementary body weight, or even light weight work at the office, or in your room. Then, hit a little metcon, like short sprints and burpees for 1-20 minutes before you head to dinner. The fact of the matter is, sometimes it's better to spread the workouts out like this. You'll rev up the metabolism more, burn more fat, have more energy within the workout and will be easily able to stay focused.
Just a little food for thought...
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