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    Question I work 12 Hour shifts(when to lift?)

    Help! I work 12 hour shifts three consecutive days a week . I am off four days a week. I wake up at 5 pm and get home at 8am. I cant figure out when to fit in weight lifting. I read that you are supposed to eat certain things before and after lifting weights. I don't think I should lift weights, eat and then go to sleep. I would have to wake up like 2 hours earlier than usual to lift weights before work. What should I do? Does anyone else have a similiar schedule?
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    What's wrong with lifting, eating, then sleeping? Sounds pretty good to me.
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    Yes, lift, eat and sleep. That's how I do it.
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    I thought you were not supposed to eat certain things before going to bed. What kind of things can I eat after lifting if I have to go straight to bed?
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    If I worked 12-hour shifts, I would only train on my days off. I know how wiped out I get in a 9 or 10 hour work day and I think it would be counterproductive to add training to that. You can make LOTS of progress on just 4 days a week - that's all I do "offseason" anyway.
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    Originally Posted by LadySpartan View Post
    Help! I work 12 hour shifts three consecutive days a week . I am off four days a week. I wake up at 5 pm and get home at 8am. I cant figure out when to fit in weight lifting. I read that you are supposed to eat certain things before and after lifting weights. I don't think I should lift weights, eat and then go to sleep. I would have to wake up like 2 hours earlier than usual to lift weights before work. What should I do? Does anyone else have a similiar schedule?
    Planet Fitness man, this gym is open 24-7 and you only truly need about an hour too an hour and half for a good workout. Just make sure you train, and don't slack. I run into so many men and women who complain their to busy too better themselves. Everyone can find time, its only the commited that survive.
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    I am a nurse and work 12 hr shifts as well. I work days however, but either way. I usually do most of my lifting on my off days. On work days, I will get up early and do some cardio only, or I use those days as my rest days (at least from weight training ) I, however, recently started splitting my workouts alot more and usually have 1 body part that is all by its lonesome on a day, and I usually will get up early enough to workout that bodypart and do some cardio. It also depends on what I am feeling my body is needing at the time, sleep or exercise! and I adjust accordingly
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    Do your weight training on your days off. I know many will lower their carb and fat intake pre and post workout...then spread evenly thoughout the rest of your meals. (Though I don't think it makes a huge difference) I'm not into the "don't eat carbs or fats after a certain time" blah, blah, blah...it's a total myth. As long as your calories and numbers are on point...I don't care if your last meal is at midnight...
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