12-hour shifts and your workouts!

  • Oct 06, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    Hey guys! Just ran (walked) the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday. I've gotten into a rut with my current workout routine while I was doing some heavy training. I'll do legs one day, chest/back the next, legs the next, chest/shoulders the next, then start over again (basically one upper body day and the next a lower body day).

    These workouts can turn into marathons of their own as I see new exercises and want to add them to my routine. Thing is, I got a new EMT job and my shifts will be from 10-10. So I'll have mornings free to work out, but I'm going to have to really hustle and possibly cut out some of the non-essential exercises. I also want to keep my cardio training fresh in the event that I get into a winter marathon someplace warm. It'd be awesome to just go to Phoenix or Los Angeles or Miami over the winter and run their marathon.

    I started my job last week and while most city EMT's and cops are 5 on/5 off, I'm on Tues, Thurs and Sat every week from 10-10. Does anyone else work 12 hour shifts and if so, do you save your light workouts for your workdays, or do you find yourself exhausted the morning after work that it's easier to just go all out on your workday - do your hardest workout after a day off since you have to be on top of your game anyway?

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    Oct 08, 2014 8:20 PM GMT
    As you revamp your training, let me know how things go. I voluntarily stopped weight training for several months when I fell into a rut. Was forced to stop running due to an IT/knee injury. I'm about to start training again. My fingers are certainly crossed that I can avoid some of the lows that can develop over the course of a fitness regimen. All the best!
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    Oct 09, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    When I was in the military and worked 12 hour shifts I would plan my day meticulously.

    I would wake a few hours before my shift start time, eat breakfast and workout. I followed a plan from bodybuilding.com at the time which had we doing various bodyparts 2x a week. I then hit the showers and went to work.

    After work I prepped next day's meals and did what little I needed to do off work and rinsed and repeated.

    Ask yourself:
    -Can I handle being awake 18 or so hours along with a heavy workout to start?
    -Do I need anything to help push me through the day?
    And also since your doing cardio
    -Would it be better for me to do some routines on my days off?

    You can whatever it is you think you can do man. Best of luck to you!
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    Oct 09, 2014 4:44 AM GMT
    I'm an RN and I work 12 hour shifts. I'm too exhausted and usually starving by the time I'm done with work. The physical demands of my job makes me want to relax when I get home. Otherwise, I go to the gym during my days off.

    Kudos to you for working 12 hours and finding motivation to workout after the shift is done.