How I prep for my workouts

Hey gang! Yeah, it’s been awhile.  I’m sorry.  Being a full-time physical therapy assistant student and trying to pay the bills takes a toll on my schedule.

Boxing keeps me sharp and is always fresh and challenging.  My favorite type of workout!
Boxing keeps me sharp and is always fresh and challenging. My favorite type of workout!

While my schedule this summer is insane, I’ve not sacrificed on my workouts.  They are a priority to me.  And more than ever I need motivation to get to the gym, power through the workout, and continue to progress with my goals.

Right now, I’m working on my first clinical rotation for my physical therapy assistant degree.  So for me this means waking up at 4:30 a.m. to go and teach a fitness class at one of the gyms I work at.  Then I’m at the Cleveland Clinic from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for my clinical.  I’m working with neuro outpatients.  So this means a very active, hands on work for therapeutic exercise for stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS or other similar disease or disorder.  It’s a full, physical job of transfers (helping move patients), working out with patients, or assisting them with workouts. After clinical?  Yeah, more work!  I have personal training clients typically until 7 or 8 p.m.

So…that leaves my workout to 8 or 9 p.m. at night.  Ugh!!  How do I stay motivated you ask?  It’s a process!

Preparation is key.  My gym bag is pack and in the car.  It’s loaded with all I need. I have my gym clothes. My workout log.  My music.  And some nutritional assistance.  I’ve already been running hard for 12 hours.  So a boost is needed.  And I keep my diet as clean as possible.  I’ll pack a pre workout supplement (something clean and not overly produced.  Coffee or maybe a pre workout from EBT) and a protein powder for after my session.  Because by 9 or 10 at night…a full on cooking session is not going to happen.

I keep my workouts varied and interesting. No day is the same.  I believe in functional, HIIT style training.  I keep my workouts fresh and am constantly rotating my play list.  Every week I’m focusing on boxing drills, sprints, calisthenics, HIIT, TRX and some weights.  Working out shouldn’t be a chore.  It should be fun.  It should be like recess when you were a kid. It’s my time to let loose and have fun.

Motivation is simple for me.  It’s all bout being fun, creative and healthy.  It’s about variety and having fun.  And keeping yourself in shape and active for decades to  come.

All of us are busy these days, but there’s not excuse for not taking care of yourselves?  How do you stay motivated? What keeps you going toward your fitness goal?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. monisha31 says:

    do you jump rope to improve endurance during/before a workout? would you recommend it for someone trying to improve their overall fitness for sparring in martial arts?

    1. YES!! Jumping rope is one of the best things you can do to improve endurance, speed and some coordination. Definitely add it in if you’re training focuses on martial or combative sports. I’m usually on the rope 5-10 minutes as part of my conditioning.

      1. monisha31 says:

        I’ll definitely need to buy a good pair then! 🙂 another thing I’ve been meaning to find out is if you’re looking to build muscle, would you recommend having a protein shake before a gym workout, or taekwondo training or both!?

      2. I would suggest after. You’d also be ok with having a protein rich meal following a workout too. What ever works best on your budget and your schedule.

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