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Struggling with Fitness

We’ve all been there … Each and every one of us über fitness nuts have brief stints where we fight internally and struggle to get a simple workout in. I’m fighting that battle on a regular basis. So I thought I would put some of my thoughts down to share with some of you.

It seems tougher and tougher to get a workout in these days. My job is busier than ever. I am working more hours than ever. Especially nowadays with the advent of smart phones. I even find myself working at 2 a.m. when I wake for no apparent reason and then check my e-mail while lying in bed. I get up at 4:51 a.m. to get ready for the work day and usually don’t get home until 5 or 6 p.m. Once home, I crack open the laptop and sit on the couch and get back to work. Before I know it, it’s time to put the kids to bed and I am winding down … Where did my day go??

On top of work, I keep up with a blog, personal forum, writing my books, reading books, and studying fitness magazines to see the latest trends in getting bigger, stronger, and faster! Did I forget to mention the Facebook? Ahhhh … Love wasting time communicating with people in the virtual world.

Lest we forget family. I juggle a wife and two kids. And, Trinity, who is six years old, takes piano lessons and plays soccer. Guess who takes her? (well, actually we normally take turns on this one, but you get the picture). Now she talks about karate and gymnastics. Holy dump!!?? Just wait until Xander is old enough to start this mayhem!

So … Where do I find time to squeeze in exercise? Wait … we aren’t done. Before talking about how to do it, let talk about one more thing. Even when I’m in the workout groove (as it were), I usually get hit with something that takes me out physically. Like right now, it’s allergy season

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We all know that daily they prove how important rest and sleep are. So, how can I possibly get enough rest and do workouts too? I’ll tell you … Actually, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I cheat. That’s right folks … You heard it straight from the straight shooter. I don’t listen to that crap being spoon fed to me. Eight hours sleep my ass! I know that something has to bend. My work ain’t gonna bend (at least not on a regular basis). My family won’t bend (and I would not ask it to). Daily grind stuff won’t bend, because it is all necessary. And, taking time to eat will not suffer, because my body will not let me. That leaves one thing. Sleep. I steal from the sandman. I know that I’m going to get some boo’s and a few hisses after that statement. C’est la vie. I’m not saying you have to do it. I’m just telling you what I do. Life is too short to worry about losing a few zzzzz’s. You snooze, you lose. The early bird catches the worm. And, my favorite, I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead!

So, what does all that mean? You ask. It means that I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. (an even number? WTF?) Okay, I really set it for 3:59 a.m. I wake up early and I bang out my run or my bicycle ride (depending on the day).

Got a better idea? Post a comment and let me know.

If you manage to squeeze in tough workouts despite the craziness of life, I salute you! Keep up the great work!!!

See you at 4:12 a.m. sprinting down the empty, dark, and chilly road,

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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  1. Nice ideas Vaughn but you won’t see me when its winter getting up at early dawn and run. I guess that’s why I’m so overweight i have to find a better way. Joined a Gym Planet fitness that’s my way! Good Luck Vaughn I’m behind you all the way!!!

  2. Not sure I have answers to all of these questions – except one. Stop spending any more time keeping up the the latest trends on how to get bigger and stronger. That one is simple. Two keys for you – (1) eat like a freaking madman. Lots of milk. (2) your strength training workouts should be reduced to four basic exercises. Bet you can guess what they are — that’s right (1) Squats; (2) Deadlifts; (3) Bench Press; (4) Press. Do them heavy working up to a 5 rep max effort set and forgoe that calf raises, wrist curls, and dumbell laterals. There are some interesting variations on this theme, but there is nothing new in this area that’s worth your valuable and scarce time. Doing these multi-joint, compound movements are the best use of your time if you’re looking to get bigger and stronger. At least you can cross that one off of your list :-).

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  4. Hi Vaughn, love your blog! Back when I was Working Hard At My Serious Job, I don’t know how I could have had the discipline to work out so much. Good for you for keeping at it.

    Since I wasn’t that great on the work/life balance myself, I probably shouldn’t give any advice. Except maybe leave the smartphone far away from where you sleep.

  5. i cheat my lunch breaks. classes on mondays wednesdays fridays. workouts on tuesdays and thursdays. there is something sinfully delightful about blowing off work steam midday with a hard exertion, then showering it all away. i eat while i work, and i rest when i sleep.


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