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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

OK, so I have this thing about whining...I am philosophically opposed to it. I also have a real hard time with whiners. This has led me to have certain personality conflicts with various people at different times in my life.

That being said, I have to admit, today I am physically exhausted!

About 3 weeks ago, #2 son and I started taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. (See my blog bit.ly/1nVwMhN ) We go 3x/week and I do this on top of my regular ST routine.

My regular ST routine entails lifting 4 days a week doing a program called "5/3/1"( bit.ly/1bwAE3q ), which focuses on 4 main lifts; squats, overhead press, deadlifts, & bench press.

On top of that, I found out that my gym at work also offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu during the week. So being a Type A kind of guy, I thought to myself, "Hey, how cool would it be to practice with these guys at work on the days I'm not lifting! I can take a Jiu-Jitsu class at work, then another one at night with #2 son!!"

So for the past 3 weeks, I have been working out EVERY SINGLE DAY, to include weekends, and on 3 of those days, I've been working out twice a day.

This has not proven to be an effective fitness strategy.

Did I mention that I also have a day job and, oh by the way, other family obligations around the house.

So on Monday, I woke up and I was in a foul mood. It seemed like no amount of coffee was pepping me up. At lunch I did 90 minutes of Jiu-Jitsu at work, came home, had a light dinner, then went for another 90 minute class at 7:30 with #2 son.

We got back at 9:30 and I just crashed in bed!

Tuesday, I woke up in the same grumpy mood. I started my 6th month of the 5/3/1 program and so did 12 sets of deadlifts, pulling 315 lbs for 5 on my last work set. But man I had to work on every one of them. Luckily, that was my only workout for Tuesday.

Today, I woke up foggy headed again. I did 12 sets of Bench Presses at lunch, finishing up with 205 lbs for 11 reps. Came home, skipped dinner, took a 30 minute power nap, then did a 90 minute Jiu-Jitsu class with #2 son.

My body and mind are now screaming, "NO MAS!!!"

The good news is, tomorrow (Thursday) I'm driving up to Boston to pick up my mom. She's been complaining about this winter's ridiculous snow (she's been complaining about the winters in Boston for the last 70 years!), so my brother and I decided to bring her down to DC to ride out these last few months (although it's not that much warmer here). We're going to time share her a couple of weeks each through March, then I'll drive her back (she's not a fan of flying either)

Oddly enough, I have been looking forward to the 10 hour drive all week. I can kick back in the car, relax, listen to my .mp3s and I don't have a workout planned for the entire day.

Now that is not like me at all. One of the biggest and best changes in my life these last few years is that before, I used to look for reasons to NOT workout. Today, I look for opportunities TO work out. Truth be told, I do have to get in squats this week and I'll probably do that on Friday at a gym near her house.

So my dilemma is this; I know better. I know this is an unsustainable pace. I know that rest and recovery are the keys to getting and staying fit. But I'm in a quandary....

....I want to keep doing the Jiu-Jitsu with #2 son. I also want to keep lifting. I'm entered into another Powerlifting Competition on 26 Feb and my goal is to lift somewhere around 960-980 lbs between squats, bench press, and deadlifts. This would be a 50-70 lb increase from my last meet in October. ( bit.ly/1dkQH6K )

So something's got to give, maybe it'll be the extra Jiu-Jitsu classes at work. But I've got to take a good hard look at my schedule and alter the lifting with the BJJ classes and build in at least one rest day during the week as well. I've just got to plan smarter.

I know it's nutty....it's a dilemma of my own making. I think I know how to solve it, and I know that if I don't, it'll eventually lead to an over-training injury or chronic fatigue unless I make adjustments. So, more to follow.

Why couldn't I have been born a Type B!

Have a great night Spark Friends!
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ERK709 2/12/2014 10:04AM

    I totally agree with you about whiners, but when you work as hard as you do, I think you earn it a little!!

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HAKAPES 2/12/2014 1:10AM

    I love when you say to look for opportunities to work out. I noticed something similar, once I got the hang of it, I do more and more!

About the Bodymedia Core Armband, do you wear it in a visible place, or hidden?
How did you get used to it for sleep?
Advantages, disadvantages?

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JUNEAU2010 2/6/2014 6:37PM

    Enjoy your time with your mom! Be safe on the road, too!

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BERGBA7 2/6/2014 1:50PM

    Maybe you can add a yoga class with your mother to the routine emoticon

Great you can do so much though! Since you are smart, you won't put more on your plate than you can eat...

Have a nice stay in Boston!
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HANSBRINK 2/6/2014 12:00PM

  Lots of good advice here, so I don't need to add anymore. Good luck with your decisions!
No matter what you do, you still act as inspiration for me when I do weights or a body workout session.
cheers!

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PLMITCH 2/6/2014 11:17AM

    I'm exhausted just reading your blog!

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NEPTUNE1939 2/6/2014 11:10AM

    emoticon From one type A to another and being a father myself - I'd forgo the Jiu-Jitsu and just enjoy watching my son. emoticon Your Central Nervous System is really taking a beating with those reps. I wish you well on the upcoming power meet.

I'm finishing up StrongLifts 5x5 Friday as I've plateaued on the weights. I'm starting the 5-3-1 myself Monday. Have a good lift my friend, Earl

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WOUBBIE 2/6/2014 10:36AM

    Aw, I think you could learn to be a Type B if you really put your Type A mind to it! :)

"SERENITY NOW!!!!"

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/6/2014 1:45AM

    Oh, what a tangled web! If only you were one of those mutants who could survive on an occasional power nap, no extra sleep required...just think of all the extra hours in the day you would be able to use!

Personally, I like sleep. And I decided when I was 16 and developing an ulcer from stress that following in my Type A+ workaholic perfectionist parents' footsteps was not really the path I wanted to take. So I am now probably safe from over-commitment, having chosen to become a Type B instead.

As tempting as it is dropping the lunch time jui-jitsu extra classes is probably a good idea. And maybe consider reducing the evening classes to just twice a week. It's hard to do at the beginning when it is new and exciting but 3x week can lead to burn out after a while and loss of interest in kids. Because unlike traditional team sports jui-jitsu is year round, so no seasonal breaks. It would be a shame if your son lost interest from overexposure when it is something you so obviously enjoy doing together.

I have to put up with an entire department of whiners here...the buyers in Asia and the Americas north and south do what needs to be done with a minimum of fuss. Europe (aka mostly France)...a completely different story. And I have zero patience for whining; I suspect I am about to snap and say something too blunt for their tastes at our dept meeting next week. Fortunately my manager has the same attitude towards whiners. And nowhere in my job description does it say my job is to win friends and make people happy...my job is to make their jobs easier whether the like it or not. One guy even said to me he doesn't understand why we have to use computers anyway, he was able to do his job perfectly well before we had them, with pencil, paper, a phone and the mail.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/5/2014 11:58PM

    I swear to God I could have written this post myself. Except replace 'son' with 'myself' and 'brazilian jiu-jitsu' with 'kickboxing'. I spar and take a boxing lesson, run, kickbox and am trying to get back into some weight lifting. I am actually seriously contemplating hiring a trainer for a day or two a week.
Since January at some point (probably the 1st) I've been going 7 days a week. This is fine for now, but completely not sustainable. Or is it really so fine?! I'm so tired. You know you're in trouble when you wonder if a 2 hour kickboxing class could be considered your 'active rest day' because really, you haven't sweated that much this time. Usually my rest days happen due to a special date, work, a board meeting or whatnot, but it just so happens that that hasn't happened yet. I have 1 this week and 1 the week after though. This slight insanity is completely of my own making. Thank goodness my 'Tom Green' guy is supportive. He's mostly succeeded in talking me off the ledge of trying out for competition kickboxing classes....where we'd be training to compete. I am already planning to compete in boxing. One at a time!
My doubles twice a week include a 5k on the treadmill (too cold to run outside), head home quick then off to either spar or kickboxing. Today I sparred then went to the gym for my 5k and since I was there why don't I top-up my weights, too. Gah! I would have ran right after work but I got to the gym and realized I had only brought 1 shoe. Who packs only 1 shoe?! Apparently I do. Maybe it was the universe trying to tell me something.

"So my dilemma is this; I know better. I know this is an unsustainable pace. I know that rest and recovery are the keys to getting and staying fit. But I'm in a quandary.... "

And here I honestly thought I was the ONLY one with this quandary. I also have to plan smarter, and think a kickboxing class might have to go.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 2/5/2014 10:36PM

    Ha! I so get this... I used to work out M-F, with a second work out on T, Th and F. Crazy.

Now I'm M-F, with one extra work out on Friday. Much better. And I'm seeing better results because I'm not so exhausted - my form is better, my mood is better - my mindset is better.

So be careful, find what works for you!

~Irish

ps - Saturday and Sunday are not "down days" - I find something fun to do - activity with my daughter, or something. Just not a planned routine thing. If I need it, I take Sunday off.

pps - whiners suck... just sayin'...



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