Originally Posted by Brian Merklin
So I was just offered a position at my dream job. This is a huge opportunity for me and there is no question I will take the offer.
However, the one problem is the shifts are pretty funky: two weeks on, followed by two weeks off. This is to be out in the middle of Nevada which is about a 9 hour commute for me.
The obvious problem is how do I work a training schedule around this? We will be furnished living quarters, but no fitness equipment - and there is no gym in the local town. I had considered just trucking my own weights with me, but it's going to be a pretty rugged drive both ways, and 300+ pounds of extra weight in my pickup isn't something I think I'm going to do. The hours of actual work are sporadic and intermittent; sleep and food are a take-em-when-you-get-em deal.
Any opinions/suggestions/experience on this? Would a two week on/off training schedule work for strength gains?
Sorry about the weird question, but I've been doing pretty well lately with gains and I'm a little bummed about possibly halting or reversing them.
Anything is appreciated.
Congratulations on the dream job - especially in this economy!
To your question, it would be helpful to know what your current training and goals are like - general strength?, powerlifting?, o-lifting?, crossfit?
For example, you might hit the weights heavy and hard during your two weeks at home (squats, deadlifts, cleans, whatever), then load nothing more than a few kettlebells for your two weeks "on site" and, during that time, focus on kettlebell and bodyweight movements.