Working 14 hour days and Still Finding Time to Workout

  • MadeinMich

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    Aug 23, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Ok..So I've been working hard at the gym doing 2 body parts at the gym 6 days per week with moderate success. Altogether this endevour takes me around 2-2 1/2 hours per day. But I am starting an internship after my 6:30am - 3:00PM job. I would generally work my internship from around 3:30pm to 8:30pm, this would leave me 9:00pm to 10pm to workout. (I have to have my ass in bed by 10:30 to get decent sleep). I really want to continue my rigurous workout training as well as work my job and internships.

    My question is, how many of you out there are working long hour days at demanding, professional jobs and still finding the time to do heavy, strenuous workout routines? How do you do it? What time of days do you work out? How many days a week?

    I'm not talking about you guys that work out 4 days a week and do only one body part a week. This question is for the big fellas who are looking at bulking up and not just maintaining.

    This isn't also for students cuz they usually have various breaks throughout the day and abnormal schedules. Thank you
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 23, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    I don't know the answer. But I do admire you for continuing to workout even while working this much.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    I work 13 hour days . . . but I only have to work 7 days every 2 weeks so its not to bad. My shift is from 8 am to 9pm with no lunch or dinner breaks, so I just hit up the gym at 6:30am and hit it hard for an hour then I shower there and make it to work by 8.
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    Aug 23, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou could adopt a workout routine that allows you to workout just three days a week and do basic lifts like deadlifts, squats, Pentlay rows, etc.

    Go for heavy lifts where you can only do five to six reps. Get in and out of the gym in about thirty to forty minutes so you can apply yourself to your work.

    You can't live the life of an athlete with those types of hours but you can have an amazing bod with simple exercises, the right diet and well timed meals.


    V good advice. Go whole body, go big lifts, short workout times and be realistic. You cannot work out 2 hours a day, 6 days a week with those hours. You have to make choices. Your choice for now has been work.

    Also, take the comment about diet very very seriously. Even lifting less you can do well with a great diet. If you eat badly due to work you have no chance at all of reaching your goals.

    Again, we make our choices and we have to be realistic about their implications
  • MadeinMich

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    Aug 24, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou could adopt a workout routine that allows you to workout just three days a week and do basic lifts like deadlifts, squats, Pentlay rows, etc.

    Go for heavy lifts where you can only do five to six reps. Get in and out of the gym in about thirty to forty minutes so you can apply yourself to your work.

    You can't live the life of an athlete with those types of hours but you can have an amazing bod with simple exercises, the right diet and well timed meals.


    But will this type of program help me get bigger? I've been told that I need to hit every body part twice a week. How do I get bigger if I only work out 4 times a week for 1 hour?

    And I know deadlifts and squats helps stimulate overall muscle growth more.

    I have just started bulking up in gym and in diet after leaning out for the first six months of this year. Just wanna be able to reach my goal. Thanks for your advice.
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    Aug 24, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    MadeinMich said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou could adopt a workout routine that allows you to workout just three days a week and do basic lifts like deadlifts, squats, Pentlay rows, etc.

    Go for heavy lifts where you can only do five to six reps. Get in and out of the gym in about thirty to forty minutes so you can apply yourself to your work.

    You can't live the life of an athlete with those types of hours but you can have an amazing bod with simple exercises, the right diet and well timed meals.


    But will this type of program help me get bigger? I've been told that I need to hit every body part twice a week. How do I get bigger if I only work out 4 times a week for 1 hour?

    And I know deadlifts and squats helps stimulate overall muscle growth more.

    I have just started bulking up in gym and in diet after leaning out for the first six months of this year. Just wanna be able to reach my goal. Thanks for your advice.


    Who told you that? icon_neutral.gif

    2 to 2.5 hours of lifting, 6 days a week is beyond over-training.
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    Aug 24, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    How many kids were in your family growing up? My friend recently posted this on Facebook and I think about it every time I'm "too tired" to go to the gym.

    Sometimes when I get home 14 hours after I left and I think whether I have the strength to go to the gym or just sit down to my boring chicken and rice dinner, I think how my mama would come home after 10 hours, to cook and clean for 2 awfully annoying children and 1 equally annoying husband. Off to the gym I go.
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    Aug 24, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Run a lot. Throw in some IT type exercises in intervals while running. Gives you a work out, hits cardio, and builds muscle.
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    Aug 25, 2011 7:28 AM GMT
    mnboy saidRun a lot. Throw in some IT type exercises in intervals while running. Gives you a work out, hits cardio, and builds muscle.


    Running to gain muscle? Now I´ve heard it all. And OP, you can´t have it all. The best you are likely to manage is to maintain during this period. Sleep and good nutrition are vital and I doubt you will be getting enough of either. #comebacktoearth