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Packed Gyms and Bodyweight Workouts – Part 1


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packed gyms and bodyweight workoutsMy buddy Danny emailed me from Afghanistan yesterday.  He’s still working there on a government contract.  I gave it up about a year ago to be home with my wife who was pregnant at the time and my now 3 month old son, but that’s a different story.  Anyway, Danny was completely frustrated with trying to balance his workout/work schedule.  He works 12 hours a day 7 days a week.  So he starts work at 7:00am and finishes at 7:00pm.

His job is mostly paperwork related so he doesn’t get out much to move around. And being stationed at one to the 2 largest air bases in the country, when he gets off work at 7:00, runs to his quarters to change clothes, and then hikes to the gym, it’s completely crowded with everyone else doing the same thing.

Danny was ready to just give up on exercise all together and just pick it back up when he finished his contact.  I had to explain to him that was a terrible idea.  I asked him how much total time he spent related to the gym.

So he broke his routine down like this:
7:00 – 7:30  Leave work, walk to the tent, change clothes
7:30 – 7:40  Walk to the gym
7:45 – 8:45  Workout in the gym, waiting for equipment, etc.
8:45 – 8:55  Walk back to the tent
9:00 – 9:40  Walk to the showers and wait for a shower to open
9:45 – 9:50  Back to the tent and hopefully have some personal time to call or email his wife.

Danny was trying to do this routine 3 days on and 1 day off.  That’s six days a week he was spending almost 3 hours just to get in a decent workout.

I asked Danny why he still insists on going to the gym and dealing with all those hassles.  The best answer he could come up with was, “That’s how it’s done…”

I asked Danny to consider a bodyweight exercise routine that can be done in 20-30 minutes and save him two and a half hours six days a week.  Plus, as I remember, the showers were less crowded before 9:00…

Danny will probably answer the email tomorrow.

So, what can you do in 20 minutes to stay fit?  Well, on Wednesday, I’ll tell you and Danny exactly what you want to know.

Until Wednesday, take care of yourselves and remember, you will almost always have time for a workout.

Go to the next episode in Danny’s struggle to stay fit…



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