The Many Faces Of Perseverance Blog Series. I thought it would be nice to take the filter out of our daily lives and to be able to relate to many different people about struggles that we each face. I am learning everyday to embrace the struggles we go through, instead of fearing them. I am learning that everything we go through is putting us on our path and helping us grow. I am learning that even when its uncomfortable and hard that we are learning so much about ourselves and that our struggles are shaping us into a better version of ourselves. I hope you gain guidance, inspiration, and support from this series – Alexa
Hi! I’m Erika Hurst, I own a gym in CT (@hurststrengthct) where I help women get strong, build healthy relationships with food, exercise and their bodies while reaching their fitness goals.
Today I‘m going to chat with you guys about how to adjust your workouts when life gets tough.
I came up in both the power lifting and strength and conditioning worlds where the belief that there are right/wrong ways to work out are held tight, certain lifts are put on pedestals and workout programs have to be meticulously planned or else they’re a waste of time (uh, not true).
Four years ago I was forced to dramatically shift my own approach to training. Opening my own gym left me pretty stressed and burnt out which sent my physical and mental health into a downward spiral – all of which put a big wrench in my usual routine.
I had to learn to be flexible, give up my allegiance to following rigid training programs, doing certain lifts and learn to adjust my workouts based on how I was feeling each day.
My own experiences helped me expand from my narrow view and become a much more compassionate coach.
Now, I teach my ladies the same thing. If they come into the gym tired or stressed or short on time, we tweak their program for the day so it works FOR them rather than against them and helps them still leave the gym feeling good rather than even more worn out.
I teach them that it’s not all or nothing, it’s all or something.
This means is letting go of the idea that workouts have to be picture perfect, last a certain amount of time or always be high intensity to be effective.
Finding ways to adapt your fitness and be malleable when life gets crazy and striving for consistency over perfection is my #1 tip to making it a sustainable part of your lifestyle.
Some ways to do this: reduce the volume of your workout (do less sets or reps than prescribed), turn your 60 min strength workout into a 15-20 min strength circuit, use less load or just do body weight movements. If you can’t make it to the gym, taking a walk on your lunch break or just getting in a 5 min yoga flow before bed is still something!
I’ll be sharing plenty more tips about this stuff as well as quick workouts and nutrition tips on my IG page to help you shift from the all or nothing mindset as we head into the holidays and new year. I’d also LOVE to hear from you so if you have any questions or just want to say hi, please do so!