21 Apr Zane Geeting, A long overdue update
I’m currently in an off season training block, working on accumulating work capacity and brining up some weak areas. Up until this point barbell work has been very limited and almost non-existent. This is changing in the coming weeks as I progress into a more typical off season template.
Life on a funny farm… and working too much
A long overdue update- The last 2 weeks have been very hectic. Its spring time and I’m trying to get the farm side of things operational. I have a pig pen that needs to be finished up so I can get some hogs in it on time that they will be ready for processing in the fall. We’re also making room for a dozen more chickens, so housing, feeding, watering, etc. has to be set up for them. These things are minor, but are taking up some of my time. Not to mention all the odds and ends maintenance stuff that starts showing itself after a long winter.
The more demanding side of things has been my job. 2 weeks ago we had a big used car sale, and delivered 35-40 cars on top of our normal business. This kept me buried in the finance office for a 63.5 hour week. For some reason I decided this would be a good time to finish gutting the dining room, and to put up a new wood planked ceiling in the living room of our farm-house. Needless to say this left very little time for sleep, let alone the gym. As a result I took a full deload that week.
This past week I did make it to the gym twice, and actually did some deadlifting and squatting for the first time since the XPC finals. I kept things very light (a little heavier on the squat than I should have) but all went well considering. I’ll follow this post with a log entry about those two sessions. At this point in time I’ll be doing a more standard off season cycle for me, and trying to hit 3 days a week where possible. 2 days will be the minimum on the weeks that I just have too much going on for the third day.
These coming weeks will be very valuable for those of you who live extremely busy lives, to see how minimal training can yield positive results and progress when done properly. As many of you know, this is how my entire summer and fall went last year, before I ramped up training for the XPC finals. Obviously I made some tremendous progress there considering all the things that were stacked against me. Now, I’m not trying to pat myself on the back here, because I know I’m far from the best, and I have a lot of work to do, but I have managed to balance this kind of schedule in the past, and can help others with tips and tricks to make it work. I often hear people say that they “don’t have time” to train seriously, and to be honest, I usually get a good laugh out of it. Sure, there are going to be times when you can’t make it to the gym, but its not all the time. You might have to bust ass from the minute you wake up, til the minute you go to bed, but honestly, I think we all need that from time to time. It teaches you discipline and makes you appreciate the down time that you get.
Anyways, that’s enough of the rambling. I’m feeling good, time should be better in the coming weeks, and I’m looking forward to moving some moderate weights again. The emphasis is still going to be on improving work capacity and bringing up weak areas.
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