Making up for missed workouts?

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    Sep 11, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    I have what might be a silly question, but would appreciate the advice:

    So I have been going to the gym almost every second day for the last three weeks after many months off (and was feeling really good about it!). I've been doing a split routine - working opposite muscle groups each session (e.g. chest + back one day then a day off, then arms + shoulders the next and so on). I was beginning to really get into the routine of going regularly...

    That is, until this week hit me - with work commitments taking over my life. I've been twice in the last 7 days (Saturday and Monday) and it's now Friday (I skipped Wednesday and today due to work stuff).

    So, I will hit the gym tomorrow morning, but was considering whether I could make up for my missed workouts by doing the two workouts I would have done on Wed + Fri tomorrow? (i.e. chest + back followed by arms + shoulders in the same session as I would usually do these over two different sessions with a rest day in between).

    Would this be any less effective than doing these routines every second day?
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    Sep 11, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    you energy level might not let you get that whole workout in. I would say pick 3 of those body parts and work them hard. Do chest, shoulder, bis, tris and skip back and just hit it next week. Dont get worked up over missing a workout, do what you can and get back in your routine next week.
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    Sep 11, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    Train, don't strain.

    As athletes we're very ambitious, and that often leads to over-training or even injury. While you need to be as strict as you can about fulfilling planned workouts, sometimes you do miss one or two - or even a week - but it's important NOT to try to make them up. In fact, sometimes an "act-of-God" pause will let the body recover more fully, and you'll find that you're stronger after the break than before it.

    Nat

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    Sep 11, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    I don't know much about workout routines, but one thing is that I can relate to you.

    I started working out for about 1 month and a half, and then I got sick and I have not been back for the past 2 weeks now.

    I was following the workout routine from this website for beginners, and it is pretty ok.

    I would think for you that you need to just keep going and then next week get into you routine workout.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 11, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Chasing missed workouts can be a losing battle. Going every other day is pretty committed, as-is. It's a schedule I could never maintain, mainly because I think I'd get bored and stop workout altogether. I wouldn't worry about making up missed workouts at all in your case. Just get back to a workout schedule that works for you.

    Don't beat yourself up for having a life. It's good to be balanced. If that means missing a few workouts here and there, then so be it.
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    Sep 11, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    "It's good to be balanced. If that means missing a few workouts here and there, then so be it."

    Hear, hear! Very wise advice!
  • rockleetpt

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    Sep 12, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Don't worry too much about that, like they say, it might be a losing battle since you might over work and demoralize yourself.

    But if you DO want to do something about it instead of putting MORE effort on work out, put more effort in eating even better. Straining yourself gives you more harm than good and don't beat yourself too much, just focus in keeping the rotine.
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    Sep 14, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    Thanks for the wise words, guys!

    I guess even if I make it to the gym 2-3 times a week, that's not too bad...considering before now, I barely managed to go at all.

    Am still trying to work out the right balance - but will try not to stress out too much about it all.
  • Latenight30

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    Sep 14, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    since you are out of it do a 40 min circuit.
    Hit it all once to "wake it back up"
    then get back where you left off.
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    Sep 14, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Agree, don't try and make up.

    Get into it with ease.

    I follow a one day weights, one day cardio routine.

    Have a look at my site www.pt4u.co.za

    Have a great one!

    Chris