Every now and then a client will texts me that they are cancelling a workout because they’re caught up in some whirlwind at work. “Can’t make it! Don’t know when I will come up for air. Call you next week!”
To them foregoing a once a week workout because things got tight at work is just being responsible. I, however, apply a different logic. Let me break it down for you from a HIT trainer’s perspective.
1. High Intensity Training is brief. One of the main reasons for choosing HIT training is it takes such a small time commitment that you will always be able to fit in a workout, even during those crunch times.
2. HIT pays for itself in time and work efficiency. I’ve posted before about the breakout principle, The Relaxation Response and The Breakout Principle are two books by Dr. Herbert Benson, a Harvard Physician who started a medical specialty called Mind Body Medicine. The back cover of The Breakout Principle says:
“The Breakout Principle reports the discovery of an easy-to-access inner switch that increases mental function, enhances creativity and productivity, maximizes athletic performance, and enriches spiritual life. The same internal mechanism that improves a tennis serve or golf putt strengthens your speaking skills, makes you a better negotiator, and fosters inner peace and belief.”
I can attest that HIT, especially when done mindfully like we do at Crescent City Strength, IS a breakout trigger. In times of stress you can waste minutes and even hours in a day staring out of a window being creatively blocked and/or just being forgetful of details. An inability to concentrate, think, or compare and contrast are all a result of stress. So how valuable to your business is a 20 minute training session when it can hit the refresh button on one of those stressful deadline days and get your creative juices flowing again? You’ll realize you can’t afford to SKIP your workout in times of stress.
3. Usually the pressed and stressed person looking to skip is fairly new to training. Occasionally it’s a seasoned trainee who has hit his fitness goals and is now getting a little too cavalier about missing workouts. Both are deviating from their commitment to pursue fitness. I mean, isn’t that what you are doing when you hire a trainer and pay her the big bucks, making a commitment?
There will always be bumps in the road. You already know the result of choosing the shortcut. Is it really impossible to take 30 minutes out of your day for a workout or to order real food from that corner restaurant instead of hitting the candy machine? (Stress is often accompanied by overeating.) It’s really not a commitment if you don’t have to stick to it. Put a little grit back into your commitment and HIT the gym.
4. During work deadlines your body is absorbing all kinds of stress. This can wreak havoc on your heart, brain, immune system, emotions, sense of well being, just to name a few. Exercise is a prophylactic. I’ll bet there are more heart attacks associated with deadlines than deadlifts. Get some perspective.
In addition to being a trainer, I am a business owner, so believe me, I know stress. I also worked for many years as a legal secretary, consistently one of the most stressful jobs according to the rankings. So I really can relate when my clients say they’re pressed for time and can’t take off for workout. I also know how great it feels to come back from a lunch break that included a HIT session, and be more productive in the second half of the day than I was in the first, and far more than anyone else in the office.
I write about this crap because it’s always my hope that my clients can benefit from my knowledge and experiences. So benefit from this one: Hit the refresh button, get some perspective, and gitcher grit on. The gym is calling! You’ll be glad you went.