*** Note that the tips in this post apply equally well to the absence of your favourite group fitness instructor and/or your regular workout buddy.
It never fails. You’ve just gotten into a groove with exercise. You’re hitting the gym several times a week and starting to see and feel the results of your efforts.
Then, out of nowhere, your personal trainer (or favourite group fitness instructor or regular workout buddy) goes on holidays.
While you might be inclined to take the week off yourself, there are plenty of ways to stay on track while your trainer’s on vacation.
- Pretend she’s there and keep your usual appointment. You know your way around the gym. And while you might miss her coaching (and charming personality ), there’s no reason why you can’t perform your usual routine on your own. Remember, one of her goals is to someday, turn you into an independent exerciser!
- Ask her to create a special program for you to do in her absence. Have her include all of your favourite exercises (avoiding movements that require significant cueing) in an easy-to-follow circuit. If you feel confident about your ability to execute the program, you’re much more likely to do it.
- Find somebody else to train with. This might be another trainer at your gym (a colleague and I regularly step in for each other when the other’s away from the gym and a client isn’t quite ready to train on their own), a friend or just a friendly face from the gym. Reach out to the woman who trains at the same time as you do and see if she might appreciate some exercise company. Read these suggestions for making partner training a success.
- Try a group fitness class instead. If you’d really rather not set foot in the gym on your own, findan appealing sounding group fitness class and give it a try. Bootcamp, Circuit Training and Body Sculpt classes are all great alternatives to your usual gym workout. (If it’s your group fitness instructor who’s away, go to her class always; I bet she’s arranged a fantastic sub for you ).
- Plan your deload week to coincide with your trainer’s holiday. Note that this isn’t the same as saying ‘take the week off’. Deloads are planned well in advance and typically mark the end of a longer term training cycle.
- Relax. Worse case scenario? You substitute daily walks for your strength workouts and skip the gym entirely while she’s gone. If you’ve been consistent with your workouts for any length of time, a week away isn’t likely to result in much loss of progress. And she’ll be relieved to know that she’s not the only one who’s hurting a bit the first day back…
Share your best strategies for dealing with a vacation-induced training hiatus…