I’m going to tell you a sad, sad story.
You may want to sit down for this one.
I know, I know. I’ll try not to make you cry.
Here goes. On Thursday morning I got to my gym, all ready for a big dead lift day. What I found when I got there, however, was heart-wrenching to say the least.
The weight room had flooded, and was basically demolished. It turns out that a sprinkler above the room had basically exploded, sending enough water to destroy all of the ceiling tiles, warp the floor, and cover everything in the room in disgusting debris. By the time I got there, the barbells and plates had already started to rust.
At first, I think I was in denial. I may have thought “Wait, I can still lift right? It doesn’t matter that there is water everywhere and ceiling tile particles covering everything… right? RIGHT?!?”
Eventually I came to my senses and my reaction went from denial to something a little more like this:
Excuse my language.
But the real kicker was that it was ONLY the weight room. The cardio area: FINE. The ab/stretching area: FINE. The yoga studio: FINE.
Weight room: Not fine.
It’s especially sad since I just bought a brand new pair of these beauties for lifting:
Why, hello lovelies.
So what did I do, you ask? Instead of wallowing in my own self pity (well I let myself wallow a little bit, I’m not going to lie), I ended up taking advantage of the beautiful weather we had last week and did 2 back-to-back days of stadium runs on Thursday and Friday.
(I may or may not have a secret love affair with Harvard Stadium.)
If I couldn’t get my DL’s in, the next best thing was some mega plyos up those giant concrete stadium steps. But I can’t do stadiums every day, and there’s no telling when the weight room will be back up and running, what with all of the new equipment that has to be ordered and such. So in the meantime, I guess I have a few options:
- Whine every day until it opens again. “WAHH!!!” Not attractive. I don’t think I’ll go with this one.
- Go on a mission to “join” a new gym and try to finagle a free introductory membership while I’m “deciding if I’ll join” (catch my drift, here?)
- Take an unscheduled de-load week and get a little creative with my workouts!
While I haven’t totally ruled out option #2, I haven’t made any headway on that yet so I guess I’m going with #3 at least for the next few days. Luckily, there are still kettlebells, ropes, boxes and cables at my disposal, so I’m not at a total loss. It looks like I’ll be doing quite a bit of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), mostly as hill intervals on the treadmill, a whole lot of KB swinging/lifting, some cable work, and some other body-weight circuit type stuff.
You know what though? As much as I’m already hankering for a good heavy squat day, I think this will be good for me! It will give me a chance to break up my routine, let my muscles recover from the heavy compound lifts, and will also give me a chance to work out some kinks in my lower extremity (ie, I have a lot of soft tissue/mobility work to do, and this unexpected de-load time will be perfect to work on that!)
So yes, it sucks. But it’s not the end of the world. I’ll probably do a post later this week with some of my newly developed workouts without having heavy lifting available to me. Who knows, maybe this will allow me to push past some of those areas of my lifts where I’ve been a little bit static lately (DB press, anyone?) Either way, the only thing I can do at this point is try to find the positive and move on if I want to save my own sanity. Either that or I might just end up at a new gym before the week is over. Just saying.
Have you ever had anything throw a wrench into your training plans? Do you get stressed about things that are out of your control? What would you do in this situation?