Things have been a bit of a whirlwind since I got home, so I wasn’t able to do any kind of fitness…at least, not on a consistent basis. As of right now I will be leaving for another on-the-road experience with a new trucking company on January 1st, with training to start on the 2nd. Since I will be in a hotel room first and then in a truck with a trainer second, I need to do workouts that (1) aren’t too long and (2) don’t take up much space or need a lot of equipment. That automatically means I need to do cardio-based workouts.
For Christmas my wife bought me Les Mills Combat. This is a 60-day cardio program that uses moves from several martial arts styles. I decided to do this workout first because of its length and the amount of space it takes up: I will be on the road with a trainer for 5-6 weeks, so this program fits in nicely. In fact, I will still be doing this program once I am in my OWN truck. On top of that, this workout isn’t super intense so I can ease myself back into a cardio-heavy routine.
When I have moved on from the trainer, I will do Asylum Volume 1. This requires SOME equipment (the agility ladder, plus there are some pull-up moves), but I will be in my own truck so that’s all good. Also, even though it requires some chin-ups, I can simply bring along a set of resistance bands and do the “modified” versions like they do in P90X.
After doing Asylum solo, I want to do the hybrid with Insanity. There is one very simple reason for this: even though I am going to be in my own truck, space will still be limited. I won’t have the room to bring a ton of different weights like I would need if I did the P90X/Asylum hybrid.
So what is my plan for the workouts where I need weights? I am going to buy a set of Power Blocks, like these here:
With shipping, these will cost me around $440. (I looked into sporting goods stores around here, and no one carries them…so shipping is unfortunately necessary.) Today I just sold off ALL my weights for $200. Naturally, that leaves me with $240 to go. If I could save as little as $20 per week, then I’d have my other $240 in 12 weeks (or about 3 months).
Do the math with my programs: Les Mills Combat is 60 days (about two months), Asylum is 30 (about one month) and the Asylum/Insanity hybrid is 30 (another month). That’s four months. I should easily have saved up for the Power Blocks by then. Plus I’m giving myself an extra month in case something stalls my ability to save up.
And I am doing all of this DESPITE the fact that I will be living the trucker lifestyle. All it takes is the will to tell yourself what you want to do, sit down, and then figure out HOW to do it!