Staying on Track when the Track Changes Course

Fitness & Training Tips

About PJ

It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.
Getting a new job, losing your job, a stressful deadline, an unexpected increase in work travel, a house renovation, a family issue can all impact on your ability to do what it takes to achieve your physical potential!
“When these situations pop up, as they inevitably will, it may not be possible for you to train the way you did before”.
Physically and emotionally you may have far less to give in the gym than you did previously.
It’s easy to throw up your hands at this realisation and say ‘it’s all too hard, stop everything, I’ll get through this period and then I’ll pick up the pieces once the storm clouds have passed’.
I believe that this is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
In such times you may have less time for your training and you may have less to give both physically and mentally but there is much to be gained by doing what you can in this period to at  least maintain your strength, fitness and body composition gains so that when the storm clouds pass you can dive straight back into it!
Depending on your situation this may mean:
Train on the weekend: Doing 1 or 2 sessions on the weekend can mean 3 sessions per week can be achieved with just one or two sessions during the week.
For regular travellers, arranging a travel program and plan of attack to stay on track when on the road is something we’re happy to do for you.
Request a shorter program consisting of 30-45 minute sessions so you can squeeze your training sessions into whatever windows of opportunity present themselves.
Train at different time of day. If you’re doing lot’s of overtime, I highly recommend training in the morning to ensure the events of the day don’t effect your training
I recently arranged a travel program for one of our client Chris who realised that 50% of his time would be spent away from Sydney on business travel in the next 4 months. Initially his plan was to stop and re start, however he has now recommitted to training 3 times per week irrespective of where he is.
For some people a busy period like this may not pass and it may become the new norm. If this is the case you’ve already incorporated some good habits into your new routine and won’t find your health in dire straights in future months, years or even decades of inactivity.