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Good Money, Poor Training Situation


#1

So I recently got a job where I work from basically 6 am to 7 pm. for 6 days a week, unless it rains. Between that, my daily commute to work and sleep, I have no time to train except for late Saturday nights and on Sundays.

The money is too good to turn down, so for the time being I am trying to make do with just lifting on the weekends. I feel my best course of action is to try to maintain my mass for now and do total body workouts consiting of as many compound lifts that I can. Is this a valid strategy or is there a better alternative? Thanks


#2

13 hours a day, 6 days a week?

That's rough, are you on missile watch at NORAD?

With your situation, I'd have to say doing one upper body day and 1 lower body day on your weekends is just about the best option...


#3

13 hours a day, 6 days a week?

That's rough, are you on missile watch at NORAD?

With your situation, I'd have to say doing one upper body day and 1 lower body day on your weekends is just about the best option...

Thanks for the reply. I'm driving a gravel truck for the summer and average 12 hrs/day. It's rough but it pays so well to me anyway.


#4

Remember that set-up that Sylvester Stalone had in his truck in the movie Over the Top? (j/k)

That is rough. I think Chad Waterbury outlines a routine for people with very little time to workout, or who are in the season of their sport.

I forgot which one it was, but it's only twice a week.


#5

You might be a candidate for HIT/Superslow......


#6

Wouldn't sacrifice an hour of sleep in the middle of the week be much more beneficial?

I know, I know, it's tough working so much and hard, but many people find a solution anyway.


#7

Chad trained a guy that could only workout 2 times a week, on those days he did 3 total body workouts and made great gains, try it. make sure u change the angle everytime u visit the same muscle group and your set.


#8

You might think of Pming Dr. Darden or asking him on one of his threads. May be a perfect situation for some type of HIT for a while.

Ive never tried it but many get cultish and swear by it.

Phill


#9

There is always a way. Obviously you need some kind of high density training approach. Is it possible to fit something in DURING work - even 10 minutes at lunch? Is the work physically demanding?

Don't look on it as a barrier to progress. ... e.g office work might mean that you have lots of time to sit around low energy activity, and recover from intense workouts.


#10

Thanks guys for all the replies. I think I might try the HIT approach and put my time in on the weekends. The positive is the work is not physically demanding, so I will have lots of time to recover. Also, I can pack lots of food to bring with me and eat whenever I want, so that is a huge positive.