Recognizing Your Training Season

We all transition through various seasons: that might be starting a new job, maybe you have your first kid, or maybe your schedule gets full with juggling work and kids sporting events, etc.

Seasons change and training will too.

Let me walk you through it.

From the age of 8, I dedicated a minimum of 20 hours per week to training as a competitive gymnast. This continued through college, where training was my central focus. My entire routine revolved around training, shaping my daily schedule.

But, that was a SEASON. 

Fast forward… post college I still had a lot of time on my hands and trained 2 hours a day 6 days a week. 

My meals were tailored for performance, and I structured my days around training sessions.

But, that was a SEASON.

Fast forward…I got married, started a small business, and gradually, my priorities shifted once more. I didn’t have as much time on my hands, and stress was a bit higher. I still dedicated about 60 minutes to training 5 days a week, but my intensity decreased significantly during this season. 

But, that was a SEASON.

Fast forward… next came pregnancy and motherhood. My focus shifted from performance to pure health, and setting an example of a positive body relationship for my daughter. I no longer had the time to train 5-6 hours a week, nor did I have the desire to train that much. I took a step back, focused on form, consistently moving through walks, etc., and then continued strength training 3-5 days a week.

But, that was a SEASON…

Fast forward… kiddo #2 was born and I faced perhaps one of the most challenging seasons yet. Amidst sleep deprivation and managing my newborn sons food sensitivities, training had to adapt drastically. Intensity HAD to decrease, and I shifted to strict strength training, keeping aerobic intensity out of my training completely. I worked out a lot solo when I could get time, and sessions were oftentimes more like 30 minutes, rather than a full hour. But, I kept showing up.

But, that was a SEASON…

Fast forward one more time… I had kiddo #3, and I’ve adjusted once again. I’ve found in this season, I thrive training WITH others, rather than by myself. Yep, it takes just as long to load up my kids as it does to actually train, but I do the best I can. I show up 3 days per week, and am in a season of consistency OVER perfection. I love training currently, I feel great, and even though I’d love to train 5 days a week, it’s just not feasible with balancing work and my littles. So, I train 3 times per week, and then I PLAY the other days with them. We go to the park. We play dodgeball. We go on walks. I MOVE on the other days.

Here’s the deal… seasons CHANGE, and so does training. It’s crucial to learn how to pivot your training, rather than just completely stopping altogether. 

Don’t compare. Just show up.

Pivot. Just don’t stop.

So, what season are you in right now?

What is your current capacity?

Navigating through unfamiliar seasons or facing burnout? Sit down with one of us. We’ve been there. We promise.

Regardless of what season you are in, just keep moving forward, and celebrate each step you take along the way.

Always MOVE forward.

Coach Crissy