Samara Donald is: The Gym Coach

Make the most of your workout!

Sometimes you got it, sometimes you don’t

Two days ago I ran 3 miles in under 24 minutes, and today it took me 27:30 minutes to complete the same distance. What gives?

Sometimes, whether it be energy, motivation, or a bad lunch – often times you don’t even know why or what’s different one day to the next. I try to not get down about a bad run or workout, and remember that just showing up to the gym is kudos to me. Here are a couple of other tips for dealing with a bad day at the gym:

1) Take the next day off to stretch and recover. It’s quite possible that your energy levels are what’s causing a “bad day at the gym”, so rest up and you’ll probably notice a big spike in your energy the next time you’re at the gym.

2) Analyze your meals on a good day vs. bad day: Though sometimes there’s no easy answer, chance are a “bad workout” comes on a day when you haven’t eaten enough – or at the right time – to fuel your workout. Think about your best days at the gym and when and what you ate that day – how much carbs/protein etc… – and determine the optimal mix for your body.

3) Change up your routine: As always, boredom of doing the same thing over and over will not only start to wear on you mentally, but physically your body will just adapt and at some point you’ll start getting less and less return from the same investment. Try something new like a class or even different cycles (e.g. speed drills vs an endurance run).

Before you know it you’ll be back on the “good day” train.

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This entry was posted on December 16, 2010 by in routine, Training planning.
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