Yeah, I know.
Usually it’s the best time TO workout, so what’s THAT all
I mean, for many people, the best time to NOT workout out
Anyway, a little background…
Last week was a tough week for my family.
My wife went to the Y to work out. (Yes, she has a membership
there – two words: Complimentary Childcare.)
Almost immediately my 7 month old daughter got sick.
COOBE – as my buddy Chris Lopez called it.
(COOBE = Coming Out Of Both Ends)
Then my 3 year old son got it.
He was up ALL night last Wednesday throwing up. I “slept”
with him. He literally threw up every 30 minutes from 8pm
Poor kid was so depleted – both on nutrients and sleep.
And then that bastard bug came after both my wife and me.
(It didn’t get me.)
However, I did get some kind of stomach thing.
So we had a combination of not keeping food in the body
and zero / very little sleep.
So I skipped my workout on Thursday because I didn’t
sleep Wed night, even though I trained on Wednesday.
That’s the #1 BEST time not to train:
When you miss a night of sleep.
Why not work out?
Because your recovery processes will be limited.
Remember, you see results when you recover, not when
The workout stimulates the change.
Recovery actually makes the change appear.
Then, like I said, I had some weird stomach-something
going on (NOT the COOBE though) which resulted in
some major stomach bloating and distention –
Which meant I barely ate anything on Thursday or
I did an “easy” workout on Friday but still didn’t feel like
eating much and took the rest of the weekend off.
I was going to squat yesterday, but my stomach was still
bloated and distended.
(Saturday night I looked like I had one of those beer
bellies – I was THAT distended.)
And that is the #2 BEST time not to train:
When you have something going on with your stomach/
Because the same nerves that innervate your digestive
system also control your core/abdominal musculature.
And that means if your gut is not feeling well – irritated
your abdominal muscles aren’t going to be working
at 100% function either.
So the last thing you should do is something that loads
them – like swings or squats.
In fact, it’s a great time to possibly hurt yourself.
Think about it:
Poor core stability = increased spinal loading = increased
spinal injury potential.
Not only that, but because of the altered mechanics of
your middle, your movement mechanics will be altered
on pretty much every lower body exercise as well,
changing the muscle recruitment patterns and joint
functions, also pre-disposing them to injury.
Also not the smartest move.
“What about when you have a cold or the snots and
can’t breathe properly?”
That’s a good point.
At those times you should refrain from anything that causes
heavy breathing – like MetCon work.
Regular low rep, large rest strength training tends to be
Of course, in every instance, you need a flexible training
program – one that doesn’t mandate you work out 5 or 6
days a week.
That’s why I think programs like the “STRONG!” program
and the “One” program are so beneficial –
They take between 10 and 30 minutes either 2 or 3 times
per week – depending on how busy your schedule is.
Here’s another option you can use when you’re feeling
under the weather:
Don’t bother with your normal workouts.
Just pick between 1 and 3 exercises, train light, and work
on your technique.
That’s the most oft neglected area of people’s workouts
Good thing “Kettlebell STRONG!” comes with over 3.5
hours of double KB technique videos and a book that
roubleshoots the most common double KB training
mistakes and details how to fix them.
Remember, there’s almost always a “work-around” for
missed workouts, assuming you’re on the right program
and have the right tools at your disposal.
“Kettlebell STRONG!” gives you both.