Hey T-Nation members, I have a bit of a problem. I am attending college in the fall and spring… but in the summer my work causes me to travel alot. I sand Gym floors.
In case you dont know how this works. You have a very large machine that spins really fast with sand paper on it. You stand behind it while it pulls you down the hardwood floor. Basically it is like a huge lawn mower that is set to haul ass.
It pulls you and causes you to hold it from going all over the place. I figured out that I walk behind a sander for about 10 miles a day. This sander weighs roughly 270 lbs. It really makes my legs sore and keeps them sore every day. I work from 7 am - 5pm every day with every 2nd weekend off. I am working about 70 hrs a week usually. However, working at the gyms - mainly high schools, I have access to their weight rooms. This is awesome for working out. Usually after 5 I head to the weight room and do my workout. Anyways… this is my problem… After working 10 hrs of manual labor that uses my legs extensively… it is very hard for me to work out.
I am usually very exhausted and cannot lift near as much as I am usually able to… Even on bench… But it really affects my squating and deadlifting. is there anything I should do to be able to workout more efficiently. I am eating the best to my ability while being on the road… I calculated that im eating roughly around 3500-4000 calories. I have an ice chest filled with cheese, lots of meat, tuna, peanut butter and jelly. But the thing is… I am burning a shitload of calories working.
Mind you the gyms that i work in are hardly ever air conditioned… I drink over a gallon of water a day. I take creatine and I also take protein shakes when I dont have time to eat. In the mornings I go down to the hotel lobby and feast on the free sausage eggs cereal and milk. I do not get any breaks until lunch time… but i manage to make a few sandwiches to feed my hunger.
I know this job has to burn alot of calories… I have managed to gain 5 lbs during this summer considering last summer i did the same job, didnt work out, and i lost 15 lbs. Basically what im getting at is… Should I go on a cutting cycle for this summer or should i keep trying to bulk up??
I mean i want to gain another 20 lbs… but it seems very hard and i know i could cut down very effectively while working. Sorry if this is confusing… Any input or questions would be very helpful… Thanks