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Old 01-02-06, 11:42 AM   #1
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Weights: When?

So, I just graduated from grad school. Yay! My new job starts tomorrow, and I'm trying to figure out my new training schedule, and my big problem is gym time.

See, for four years I had the flexible grad student schedule. Almost everybody slept until 10, so I was free to hit the gym at 8:30 and get in when everybody else did and avoid the crowds, and the job I had before then had its own gym which was never crowded. So now I'm trying to avoid the crowds of normal gym-time AND the New Year's Resolutioners [1]. The gym is NOT between my place and work, and fighting Austin traffic to get in there and back in the morning sounds less than relaxing. It is a 24-hour gym, though, so I can do things like take a nap when I get home and go to the gym later that night. (It also lets me get a quick weights workout without sacrificing daylight riding time. Hooray!)

Anybody else have nonstandard gym schedules?

[1] Nothing against them personally, it's just that since they're a statistical bump, the gym knows they don't represent a lasting population, so there's just not enough space for a month or two until the crowds thin.
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Old 01-02-06, 11:03 PM   #2
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Try early in the morning. You miss the traffic and you're back before people are heading off to work. The days when I've gotten my workout in between 5am and 7am are the best as far as the day's work goes.

You'll discover pros and cons of the different times. Lunchtime tends to be hectic at my gym, late afternoons are filled with people gossiping and not actually working out. After work people are venting about stresses of work. The resolution people are usually gone by mid- to late-February.

Early mornings are my favorite. My gym is mostly filled with triathletes then.

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Old 01-02-06, 11:50 PM   #3
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Workout at night.

I don't get home until 6.30....dinner...gym....home....bed
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I like working out at night too. Something about crawling into bed sore and wiped-out that just helps me fall asleep instantly.
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Hmm...I came home and took a nap...wonder if I can get in a quick workout tonight before I hit the bed.

Thanks, all!
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i've been working out at around 11:30pm -> roughly 1:30am
its been kinda nice.. there are never more than 5 people.. i worked out at about 6:00pm yesterday and it was so packed, im never going back that early again..
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i worked out at about 6:00pm yesterday and it was so packed, im never going back that early again..


Rookie mistake.
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I found that the transition from grad student hours to working hours took time to get used to.
I was drained more than usual for a month or two until I got used to working. So don't be too hard on yourself at first...
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Not to take over the thread but am curious how many times a week people work out with weights. For me it is a good full body workout once a week. Is that enough?
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It is better to go more often than that and it is better to alternate the muscle groups that you focus on. Four times a week is usually enough alternating on the upper and lower parts of the body. Also, if the big picture is to improve your cycling, higher reps with lower weights is best (the amount of weight that you can do 12-15 reps with). Three sets with each exercise. You aren't looking to "bulk up" if you are a serious cyclist.

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It is better to go more often than that and it is better to alternate the muscle groups that you focus on. Four times a week is usually enough alternating on the upper and lower parts of the body. Also, if the big picture is to improve your cycling, higher reps with lower weights is best (the amount of weight that you can do 12-15 reps with). Three sets with each exercise. You aren't looking to "bulk up" if you are a serious cyclist.
Yes, but I'm not a serious cyclist. It's all just for fun!

Oooh -- and the new job has a gym in the first floor! I haven't gotten a swipecard yet, so I can't get it, but hopefully it'll be nifty...

Thanks, everybody!
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