The vacation was enjoyable as we were able to see all of the kids at one time, in one place. That doesn't happen very often. At the same time, it has been a ride because during all of this, we have been dealing with my wife's possible transition to another company and not knowing if we have to relocate, how that would work with our daughter and her school, me training clients one-on-one here in FTL, etc. Yikes.

We finally found out (while on vacation), that we are relocating north to WPB for her job. This helped to drop the stress a BIT, but we then had to hurry to get everything ready to move, too. 2 days after returning from vacation we found ourselves packing up for a move in two weeks. You might think that's early but the weekdays are jam-packed, so we can't accomplish anything during the week. Obviously, I have had to counsel my cats on a daily basis, letting them know why we are moving and how great it will be. They weren't buying it, so I resulted to bribery -- I showed them screenshots of the cat tree that I am going to buy them, along with a couple of hammocks that will hang from the glass (we will have floor to ceiling glass) so they can sun. They still weren't convinced, but I think they'll come around. 

Screen Shot 2020-11-15 at 3.31.30 AM

Due to the need to pack and get rid of shit that we don't need before the move, I did not get back in the gym when we returned from vacation, mid-week. I will, however, be back in on Monday and I will be able to hit everything 100%. I doubt I have ever been this excited to train the shit out of my legs. On our 4 hour flight, I took the time to finalize the structure of my training. I had attempted to put it together a handful of weeks ago but I just wasn't 100% committed to the structure that I had at that time, so I put it off knowing I would have the flight to contemplate how I wanted to adjust it so that it was exactly what I wanted. 

What I wasn't completely comfortable with was training legs twice per week. I liked the idea of it, but I have trained long enough to know that I would likely have to battle overtraining in as little as 5 or 6 weeks. So, instead of training legs on Mondays and Fridays, and push on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I decided on a rotation of push/pull/legs while training on M/T/Th/Sat. This allows for each of the 3 workouts to be done twice every 3 weeks. The rotation would look like this:

M - push

T - pull

W - off

Th - legs

F - off

Sat - push

Sun - LOAD

M - pull

T - legs

W - off

Th - push

F - off

Sat - pull

Sun - LOAD

M - legs

T - push

W - off

Th - pull

F - off

Sat - legs

Sun - LOAD

M - repeat the rotation starting with push again.

This allows for 4 days in between training each body part with the occasional 5 days between training each body part. 

Arms are not a priority for me, so training triceps after chest and delts is great, and training biceps after back is also great. 

With the traditional push/pull/legs, my recovery is maximized in between training sessions for the same body parts because I will have very little secondary work with this type of a training structure. I believe that what I am trying to get out of this next off season, this is going to be the very best approach for my training.

I am also going to FINALLY be able to train with Mrs. Skip again. She has not trained in a very long time (1.5 years) and I won't get into all of the reasons why, but I will say that she is taking this new job because the last job was so overbearing that not only was she not interested in training, but it was also beginning to impact her happiness and our relationship. Yes, she could have forced herself to train but her job had her working until 8 or 9pm at night and then coming home to work on the computer most nights for another few hours, and also working the large part of the weekend. This was for months on end. Something had to give and she realized that there was no end in sight. When she had a perfect opportunity fall in her lap, she jumped on it and is excited to start enjoying life again.

Bottom line is this: It has been a shit year and I am just happy that we will be able to train together again. We have been together for almost 30 years (since 91), and this was easily our worst year (as it was for a lot of other people, as well). Life isn't very good when your spouse isn't happy. I anticipate 2021 to be a much better year but my focus is just getting through the next 2 weeks and getting settled in our new place. West Palm Beach, here we come!


New EliteFTS beanies on sale now! Click the banner below:

Screen Shot 2020-11-15 at 4.26.08 AM