So I’ve been working a hard manual labour job for about 8 months now and for the first 5-6 months were manageable in terms being able to achieve progressive overload in the gym because the job wasn’t quite as difficult around that time due to staff levels being slightly higher.
However for the last 2 months or so a few people have quit, non of whom have been replaced meaning that everyone has more work to do and it is completely draining me of my strength and motivation. Achieving progressive overload has been impossible and I’ve actually been losing strength. For example 3 weeks ago i was benching 100kg/225lb for 3x4 no problem and now I’m benching 100kg/225lb for 3x1 (all my lifts have suffered in the same way).
In a normal week i work five 8 hour shifts and I have to go to the gym straight after because i don’t drive yet (so i don’t have time to go home then go back to the gym).
About 2/3 weeks ago I had some time off work and I was hitting 1-3 PRs every workout so it’s incredibly frustrating that i cant when i have work.
Does anyone have any suggestions to fix this???
Things I’ve tried so far:
I’ve upped my caloric intake and I am well over my caloric maintenance so my food intake isnt a problem.
I eat as much as i can when I’m at work on break but this is fairly difficult because I’m a painfully slow eater. I usually have something like a lucozade and water that i drink throughout the shifts as well.
I’m a preworkout addict (currently using Centurion Labz Rage DMAA version) and no amount of preworkout is helping me achieve progressive overload.
Sleeping longer. I always get AT LEAST 7 and a half hours sleep.
Is it time i started looking for another job?
I have thought about going to the gym before work however it’s the last thing I want to do as it would be extremely difficult to make it fit my schedule and it would then probably mess up my performance at work.
I don’t have a manual labor job, but I’m continuously standing and walking back and forth at my job, and even focusing really hard during my studies at school will demand energy in the form of extra food.
Idk if you’re allowed to whip out snacks while you’re on the clock, but if you can manage eating a couple more snacks or meals during your day it’ll help.
Forget this crap, really bad for you over the long term, not to mention burn out your adrenals. Take once a fortnight max if reeealy need a kick. Replace with caffeine pill/strong cup of coffee etc. Can look into Biotest Spike products also as a cleaner alternative.
Saying that, really load up on peri-workout on nutrition based workout supps Surge workout fuel, or karbolyn and essential amino type products
Forget about constant workout PRs and try a program off this site where you stay within yourself so to speak. This very good…
Lol. Not as weird as you first think. I’m pushing 50 and most of the guys I know don’t train at all because they don’t have the time due to work and family, or if the they do aren’t real serious, or consistent. Out of those that are around the same age, most don’t do manual work anymore. If they weren’t already white collar, professionals, the one’s that worked manual jobs might be in the same industry but are in managerial positions, or work machinery and aren’t doing their backs in.
I know only one guy that works a manual labour job, who is my age, and stays fit and who is not on gear. He is a concreter, still pushing around heavy barrows of concrete around, all day or bent over screeding concrete flat and smooth. He is an ex pro footballer, he trains every other day, weights and or bodyweight stuff like dips, chins, pushups etc. He doesn’t take PED’s, has an impressive physique for a natty. He also says a lot of guys in his industry that are also into training hard, bodybuilding, crossfit, powerlifting are on PED’s, or at least TRT.
Are you really surprised? You should hear the ads these days. It’s everywhere. We don’t like to work through anything here. Take a pill, or in this case, inject something. We’re an odd bunch. Well, not odd, just lazy AF and lack accountability. I mean, it’s absolutely impossible that anything could be my fault. It must be my genetics so I need a drug.