Reality Check: Leisure time for the weightlifter/fitness professional.

October 22, 2014

I’m a busy guy.  Like a lot of people, most of my time is spent either at work or thinking about work.  I’ve had regular jobs in an office before, but somehow this feels like I have less free time now in part because I’m far more invested in what I do and also because my work day is spread out over the course of a day.  This is the reality of being an aspiring weightlifter AND a fitness professional.  I am far from perfect.  Just ask my friends; I am the worst person ever to make non-work related plans with because I simply won’t.  BUT, I have found different strategies to maintain control of my free time so I get back to work and training recharged and ready to do my job well both as a lifter and a fitness professional.

1) Allow yourself a certain amount of time per day where you talk to absolutely no one.  

This is especially important for me.  This means for a certain amount of time per day I’m unavailable; no calls, texts or anything internet related will be checked or responded to.  This is usually an hour or so before my second workout or at the end of the day as I sit with my (roomate’s) cat on the sofa and mentally replay my day.  I’d suggest either doing nothing or doing something you enjoy.  This is sacred time.  And I believe it to be a good strategy for anyone.

2) Allow yourself a certain amount of time per week where you are surrounded by non-fitness/weightlifting people.

I’ve gotten to the point where it’s hard to NOT talk to people like I’m at work.  It doesn’t matter where I’m at.  One thing I like to do and something I’ve been doing a lot lately is going to shows by myself.  This way I get to see cool bands and be around people but get to be as pensive and anti-social as I want.  There’s no pressure.  An added benefit is I’m surrounded by people who don’t count their macros, don’t know what a clean and jerk is and could care less about how I spend my time.  If I strike up conversation with someone and they ask if I workout, I say “yeah” and leave it at that.  It helps give me perspective and I believe that to be important even when I’m in the midst of hard training.  Talking to strangers about PR’s or weightlifting sounds ridiculous.  It’s nice to take a step back from it and just talk about how great or shitty the opening act was.

There’s other things I find helpful.  But these two are the main ones that help me on a week to week basis.  Here’s a few photos I took at some shows recently.

The Body.  Truly abrasive stuff.  A sonic black hole that rattles your foundations.  Literally.

The Body. Truly abrasive stuff. A sonic black hole that rattles your foundations. Literally.  Ear plugs mandatory.

David Bazan.  I'll admit it.  He had me feelin' them FEELS.

David Bazan. I’ll admit it. He had me feelin’ them FEELS.

Ringworm.  Classic.  I checked out their older material after the show and has been in the rotation ever since.

Ringworm. Classic. I checked out their older material after the show and has been in the rotation ever since.

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