Started on a high… ending on a low

Tired Cat

This week started off well. I managed to hit a new personal record in my squats, 3 x 60kg which for me is a significant achievement as last year I was stuck on 40kg for a while and couldn’t get beyond that. My Personal Trainer Toby ‘Wan Kenobi’ made me tweak my squat technique in our weekly session and it’s amazing how a small refinement can make such a big impact. My PT sessions I have with Toby are invaluable, it’s one of my favourite parts of the week. Despite Monday being a legs day, I then had my regular sparring session with my friend Helen and she proceeded to beat me up before work.

Tuesday I was training with my friend Karen, again we had a great session doing an upper body strength and conditioning workout. And then the rest of the week has gone rapidly downhill due to work. I wasn’t able to train on Wednesday due to work and I also overslept on Thursday morning due to working late the previous day and missed my session with Karen which I was really unhappy about. I was able to get back in the gym on Friday morning for a strength session before Pilates but I didn’t feel good and my lifts were 25% lower than normal, it just didn’t feel right. I also struggled in Pilates with some of the things I’m normally fine with.

I’m going to try and not dwell over a bad training session. We all have them. There are two key lessons that always come up for me, sleep and eating clean are key components to training. As the saying goes ‘you can’t out train a bad diet’ and I really notice this if I haven’t been eating very clean. When I work late and I’m feeling stressed it’s all too easy for me to start eating junk food, I need to stop this. I also need to try and get more sleep, some days I don’t sleep, others I may get 3-4 hours. I usually average 5 hours which for me is ‘normal’ but I would like to improve on this. I need to watch myself carefully over the next couple of months as work commitments mean that I will most likely be working very long days which means I will have to skip some of my morning gym workouts as I am normally up at 4.30am, this will be impossible after getting to sleep at 2am after working. I don’t want to lose the progress I have made in the last 6 months, but I also don’t want to risk burning myself out trying to fit everything in. I have a back up plan that when I’m working long hours I’m going to do a 20 mins HIIT circuit in the work basement. Something’s got to give and I need to make sure it won’t be my sanity!

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