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2 on, 1 off.

2 on, 1 off. 

by Clark Hibbs

2 on, 1 off, referring to your workout schedule.

I’ve been pretty open and honest before about my struggles of getting workouts in, and lately, I feel the same way. I have a lot of things to do every day and each week, and I will usually prioritize something on my to-do list rather than getting my workout in.

I know, I know. Pretty hypocritical. I don’t think you guys understand how ridiculous it is for me to “not have time for a workout” when I literally work in the gym. I feel awful about myself when I do that too, especially when I preach to people about prioritizing time for YOURSELF and taking care of #1 for at least 1 hour a day.

But anyway, I think I’ve figured out my funk.

I think I try to be a little too routine with my workout schedule.

Wait, what?! TOO ROUTINE? Isn’t routine a GOOD thing? Isn’t that what we want so we can consistently attend classes, make gains, get sexy, and conquer life?!

Well, yes. It absolutely is. Unless holding yourself to a strict routine is actually holding you back.

This is what’s happening to me… I think. I get so caught up in thinking that I absolutely HAVE to workout on certain days that it actually drives me crazy. That whole, “never miss a Monday” thing gives me crippling anxiety because Monday is my busiest day of the week, every week.

Ugh.

Monday, in all reality, should be a rest day for me. So maybe this strict routine is hurting me instead of helping?

Anyway, back to 2 on 1 off.

I’ve recently grown to love this workout split, or at least the concept of 2 on 1 off. I’m going to start implementing it this week. Basically, I’ll workout for 2 days, then take a rest day. Then I’ll workout for 2 days, then take a rest day. Wash, rinse, and repeat for as a long as I can stay consistent with it.

So my workout schedule this week will look like this:

-Monday — workout
-Tuesday — workout
-Wednesday — rest
-Thursday — workout
-Friday — workout
-Saturday — rest
-Sunday — workout

Hey! Check that out! I’ll get in 5 workouts this week! Sweet!

and next week will look something like this (building off of this week)…

-Monday — workout
-Tuesday — rest
-Wednesday — workout
-Thursday — workout
-Friday — rest
-Saturday — workout
-Sunday — workout

Oh? Working out both days on the weekend? How saucy of me.

and then the next week will continue that pattern (with a MONDAY rest day!).

So… what is this going to do for me? I don’t know yet, but I think I’m going to be successful with this (which is already making me feel a LOT better, and that’s half the battle).

Instead of putting pressure on myself by trying to hit certain days no matter what, I’ll be able to change up my workout schedule each week and keep it fresh and exciting. Not only that, he gives me a very freeing feeling that I haven’t had in a very long time.

Because we’re open 7 days a week now, you have FREEDOM to literally set up whatever workout schedule you want. It’s taken me until literally right now to realize this, but having the freedom and flexibility to workout any day of the week is really exciting.

Let me ask you this.

What’s your workout schedule/routine/split like?

The “best workout schedule” is the one that YOU can execute best each week.

For me, working a conventional workout split/schedule has NOT been successful for me. So I’m going to try something new and see what happens.

If you struggle with workout consistency, or feeling guilty or anxious about trying to make it to the gym certain days, give yourself some freedom try this 2 on 1 off workout split.

Or a 1 on 1 off.

Or a 3 on 2 off.

Or a …. I mean, you can do whatever you want. Pretty cool.

Find something that works for you.

-Clark Hibbs

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