Training in a gym, some people love it, some people hate it, most just don't stick it out long enough to see results. Our world is SOOOOO impatient. But believe me, nothing can make you feel as good as exercise. And when you see the results, you don't want to stop.

Life throws it's obstacles and changes at you every day. Some bigger than others, but it is how you manage them, and take hold of your life that dictates your future.

With ten years behind me in the business, and with one of the most common excuses for not training being 'I don't have time' or 'I have children', I always expected having a child and becoming a parent would negatively effect my training. It has...and hasn't. Here's how:

  • I now fit my sessions into 3 one hour sessions a week. I used to train 5-6 days but wanted a good balance for my family, especially with my wife off work on Maternity. Having these 3 sessions I can continue to make progress and train more efficiently. It forces me to make the most of my time, burn more calories through working harder and challenge myself in a new way.

  • I have to be much more careful with my diet. This is to make sure I have enough energy to train properly when sleep isn't what it used to be. Not getting the right foods into me (carbs) can cause me to eat crap snacks for short term energy boosts. I found myself snacking a lot on anything in my first week back training and quickly figured I needed to sort it out. I now bring extra snacks (healthy ones) to make sure I am not picking up easy junk food.

  • I manage my time much better. Going into each week I know exactly what time I need to get up on which days to make sure I fit my training sessions in. Yeah I lose a little more sleep, but when your an iron addict, you will take the hit to get your training.

My son is nearly 5 months old now and I have a good balance, this probably will change in the future but for now I have it all figured out.

For those of us that choose to make excuses or feel they don't have the time (still just an excuse) here is a list of 'to do's' that can help you manage.

  1. Sleep less: How much sleep do you need? For real? Not lie ins and stuff. Everyone is different but do you need that extra snooze on a morning? 6-8 hours sleep is enough for most people to function properly and recover. Get up early and train! If you think this is tough, what time are you going to bed? Do you need to stay up late and watch soaps? Or just watching crap TV! Go to bed earlier and get up earlier, it balances!

  2. Plan: Know when you are training, write your session out prior to training and make sure you stick to those times. NEVER EVER say, I will just do it tomorrow. It very rarely happens and this can be a downward spiral. When you get to the gym, hit it hard! Put your headphones in, don't take them out to chat to people and time your rests so you don't waste a second. People will not be offended if you do your exercise rather than talking to them. Time is precious!

  3. Prep: Make sure you have food. Prepare it the night before or for the week ahead. Even if it is just your lunch and snacks. Make sure you take them with you so you don't get the munchies and raid the vendor.

  4. Believe: If for one second you think 'I can't do this' or 'it's just too much for me' you will fail. Believing in yourself and your abilities, keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind and maintaining focus will make you succeed. You will only fail if you don't have faith in yourself.

To conclude this brief blog, I hope you find the tips useful. If you truly want to do something you will always find a way. Get in touch with us if you have any questions or need any support.

Parent life can be tough but you still need to have a balanced life and do the things you love!

Steven G