SHOULD YOU WORKOUT TODAY?
Something I get asked often is how to figure out when you’re “pushing too hard” vs. “give yourself grace.”
To which I say, I think we find two issues. There is no blanket statement because crazy gym-goers and die-hards will 1) almost always push too hard or through a lot more than is sometimes necessary 2) novice trainees don’t know their levels of discomfort yet and may end up holding themselves back.
This isn’t to say that your own choices aren’t your own. Take a day off if you want or don’t. But it’s about reframing when it’s stupid to push vs. it may be worth doing even if we “don’t feel like it.”
To start, especially this year — if you are contagious or have any significant sickness symptoms for both the health of yourself and others, STAY HOME YOU GERM.
But when it comes to days, we’re a little extra tired, maybe cranky, don’t feel like it this can be hard. Sometimes we should first address these variables if it’s a repeated thing. If it’s an every once in a while, a tired lift OR random single skipped workout won’t kill you.
My favorite approaches to this are to ask my self:
1️⃣ Would this workout dig me too deep into a hole of recovery that isn’t worth it. Good example? Yesterday I got terrible sleep. I did my lift but skipped the WOD. I did the work but knew that 20 min of HIFT would just wreck me more than I needed.
2️⃣ The 20 min rule. I used this a lot when I had less serious training in my masters and was exhausted and stressed all the time. I would jog or go to the gym for 10 min. Maybe warm up get started. If I felt like ass, I would legit leave mid-workout. But more often, if I’m “in my head” or “not motivated,”— I would feel better once I got moving and, most of the time, end up enjoying my lift/workout!
Now, if we find ourselves always sore, always under recovered, and always exhausted. Always wanting to skip, we need to assess the non-gym variables making us feel this way!
Are you doing junky high volume swipe workouts that spill over into your next workout? Not eating enough? Sleeping enough.
Control your controllable. Be honest with your goals. Stay home if germy🤟🏻