I LOVE being a dad.
I came home from Singapore on Monday and my kids were excited to see me. My daughter was eating and wanted to get out of her high chair. So I picked her up, held her, and she put her head on my shoulder… For 10 minutes.
Melted my heart.
Which is a great reminder –
Balance is key with KB training.
What kind of balance?
No, not the stand-on-1-leg-with-your-eyes-closed balance. Balance between your workouts, work, and your family is critical and key for your success.
Let’s be honest with ourselves –
We’re not in high school or college any more.
So we’re not training for sports and therefore we don’t need to workout 2 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Which brings me to today’s reader question from Jan Kraemer – about the #1 challenge in his KB training. Jan says it’s –
“Finding the right balance between workouts, family and work.”
I think that’s many of our challenges.
So what’s the deal?
How do you strike the right balance between your workouts and your family life?
Family comes FIRST.
My suggestion is to work out when your family isn’t around or doesn’t need you.
That leaves 3 options:
1) In the morning before work
3) Right after work, before / after you get home
There’s actually a 4th option too, but I don’t really recommend it because it makes it difficult to go to sleep for many people –
And that’s right after the kids go to bed.
Plus, for most couples, that’s “spouse” time.
Of course, this leads us to the next question:
What kind of kettlebell workouts should you do?
Top of the list are time-efficient ones.
That goes without saying. (I would hope.)
So forget the 60 to 90 minute workout thing.
Those days are a thing of the past.
I’d do “periodized” or “cycled” programs – ones that move from one phase to another – taking care of multiple goals over the course of several months. Goals like:
+ Fat loss
+ Muscle building
But not necessarily in that order.
Finally, remember that old cliche, “Time is money?”
Nothing comes closer to describing your relationship with your family.
No one can pay you for time missed with them.
That’s why I don’t recommend you do your own programming, unless of course you’re a programming expert – skilled in creating adaptations that produce the results you’re looking for from your KB workouts.
You know – fat loss, strength gains, etc…
I recommend you take the “done-for-you” route.
That’s right –
Actually dig into the ol’ wallet and shell out some cold hard cash and get programming that’s professionally designed.
I know, I know…
Actually PAY for your workouts??
Why on earth would you want to do that when you can get them for free on the ol’ interwebz?
Here are 3 answers:
1. You get what you pay for.
Think about that for a second…
If you’re not paying for anything, the person you got it from has no obligation to you to ensure it works.
For example, when you get one of my programs, you get a 60-day money back guarantee.
I want you to succeed. And I’m willing to guarantee your success.
2. You put “skin in the game.”
This is the proverbial “accountability” that so many people need to get stuff done.
You say you want it?
It’s the ol’ “Put your money where your mouth is” thing.
That keeps you motivated and moving forward.
3. You save time and energy.
And you can spend that time and energy with your family.
You save time because you don’t have to do the research to put your own programs together.
You save energy because you don’t have to wonder if the program is going to work for you.
At least you shouldn’t have to.
For example, anything I put out has been tested and proven and yielded results for those who have used it who have gone before you.
So what’s the “best” KB program for the “Family Man” or “Family Woman?”
Honestly, there isn’t just one.
However, there is one that takes into all your NEEDS that you face through any given year.
P.S. When I came home today, my little girl came bursting through the front door (followed by her Mommy of course) and waited in the driveway with the biggest smile waiting for me to get out of my truck.
Heart melted. Again.
I train in the late afternoon into the early evening – usually around 4pm. I’m done before dinner so the kids and I can play.
The key to being successful is to have a plan – specifically a plan in advance.
Here’s one for you that won’t take up too much of your time –
That will fit into the busiest of schedules.