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03-17-2009, 08:09 PM
What do you do for work, and how does it affect your training?

03-17-2009, 08:13 PM
I am a carpenter, so my job is pretty physical. I know I have to constantly take in to account how I feel after working to judge how hard I train. I often get some strains and feel tired after work so I have to adjust my training in response to this..... how does this affect others?

03-17-2009, 08:31 PM
Tier 2 tech support. My back gets stiff if I'm sitting too much throughout the day and my hip flexors are always very tight!

03-17-2009, 11:46 PM
I buy property for railroads and I'm either on the road or stuck in an office for 9-11 hours a day. I used to be too tired to lift after work but now its like my haven away from all the BS. It's great to get into a gym and work off any stress from the day.

03-18-2009, 12:15 AM
I enforce Labor Law on Public Works construction projects. Lots of driving or lots of sitting in an office. Doesnt really effect my training. I had a chance to go back to being a laborer for 28.89 an hour and turned it down to stay where Im at cause I dont want my training to suffer. Also I worked as a bouncer at a Bar and just quit that after 2yrs cause I wasnt getting enough sleep and my training was suffering. Now that i quit the bar u can expect a 2300lb total from me real soon.

03-18-2009, 12:38 AM
I'm a delivery driver for a fitness equipment company. Some days i'll be dead after work if we had alot of deliveries. Mostly treadmills and machines. A couple 500lb treadmills and a 900lb leg press (along with some smaller seated curls, chest press, and rowers) can really ruin a training session that night

03-18-2009, 02:34 AM
I'm a geotechnical engineer. Much of my time is spent in an office for a standard 8 hour day, so that's not so bad. However sometimes I have to spend time working out on construction sites for a 12 hour day, and although I'm not doing heavy manual labour, even being on my feet for a full 12 hour day makes me tired.

Also sometimes I have to spend a week or even up to 17 days at a time away at a remote site, like a mine or out in the wilderness, and that sucks.

03-18-2009, 08:48 AM
I'm a computer programmer for a bank and I really have to watch out for tired fingers when I go to workout. Only kidding. My job is probably one of the best for working out because I have the autonomy to just get up and walk around when I feel my back or hips getting tight and it doesn't require any manual labor. Some would say it is boring sitting in a cube all day but it works for me.

03-18-2009, 09:01 AM
I work as an underwriter for an insurance company and I hate sitting on my ass all day. I'll probably get fired soon for walking around all the time, lol. Like Deeder said, my back and hips get tight and stiff from sitting. However, my job is very conducive for conserving energy for training and surfing the interwebz for powerlifting related stuff and of course WBB.

03-18-2009, 09:55 AM
Working 8-5 as an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist here for a pipe extrusion company...I'm not a safety guy by training but using this position as a stepping stone, my degree is in Plastics Engineering. I sit in my office all day as well. Hips get really tight, nice thing is we have a small gym in the office so i can go stretch out. But it works well for me, I've got plenty of energy for my workouts and it pays the bills. Only wish the commute was shorter..

Brian C
03-18-2009, 09:59 AM
I'm a cop in Philly and like Collin44 said, training is a haven from all the BS. We lost 6 brothers and sisters in the last year to violence, so I tend to channel that anger to training. Working in the hood can be taxing mentally some days, so training suffers a little sometimes. But for the most part, its usually positive energy.

03-18-2009, 10:37 AM
Public accountant here, putting in around 60 hours a week. Training is not an issue, but all the horrible junk food that circulates through the office is a nightmare trying to avoid.

03-18-2009, 11:17 AM
Chiropractor and Acupuncturist so on my feet all day. Pushing on people all day and pushing weights at lunch, seems like a happy medium.

03-18-2009, 11:25 AM
I am a Medicinal Chemist, so usually 8-9 hours of working in a lab trying to make drugs. My DE days I do on my lunch hour, my ME squat/deadlift day is after work and my ME bench day is Saturday. I used to workout Monday-Friday at lunch and I really miss getting away from work for an hour. For me it is pretty easy to find lifting time around work, the hard part is fitting it in around time with the family. I have two kids, one with Spina Bifida and that takes up most of my free time. I love Saturday mornings, it is great hanging out and lifting with a bunch of great guys who also happen to be powerlifters.

03-18-2009, 11:42 AM
I write software, mostly in C, C++ on Unix platforms and Objective-C/Cocoa for the Mac. But I was laid off from my job last month so now my job is finding a job. It's much more stressful than my real job was. It's affected my workouts and I've lost about 10 pounds, URG!

Ben Moore
03-18-2009, 11:45 AM
I'm an account executive for a dental x-ray systems manufacturer. I travel a little bit and just have to make sure I try and keep my travel schedule the same if I can. I also try and make sure I'm staying near a decent gym when I'm out of town.

03-18-2009, 11:59 AM
Used to be a helicopter mechanic ,Now I am a Software Engineering student so all I do is study ,eat,sleep,workout...

03-18-2009, 01:53 PM
I'm an IT Manager for a large nursery. Most of the time it's about 45 hours a week and not too stressful. Once in a while (server crash, for example) it gets stressful and the hours get long. One unfortunate thing about my job is system updates have to be done at night when no one is logged in. I was up at 2 this morning and worked until 3:30.
Lifting is a stress relief, a time to get rejuvinated and to push myself as hard as I can.

03-18-2009, 06:02 PM
Student. Means I have to train in the morning (6am) due to my classes running later in the day. Kind of a pain in the butt, but at least I'm not physically tired from manual labour.

Travis Bell
03-18-2009, 06:21 PM
when I was a mechanic, lifting was tough. I'd often take a half day for my ME bench days to make sure I had enough energy to push hard. Especially in the summer time. Man that sucked. I hated that job. Plus, when your a mechanic, comming home just means you have messages from friends wanting you to work on their car/truck/tractor/whatever so even though you're logging 45hrs in the shop, you put in another 3-4 when you get home 2-3 nights a week. During hay season it's calls for buddies wanting help bailing hay.

Now, I'm a gym manager. Currently it's just a question of which gym, but I work out when I feel like it. Making a good bit more money than I was as a mechanic too. I love going to work haha

03-18-2009, 06:26 PM
Now, I'm a gym manager. Currently it's just a question of which gym, but I work out when I feel like it. Making a good bit more money than I was as a mechanic too. I love going to work haha

I am incredibly jealous and I hate you :swear:

Travis Bell
03-18-2009, 06:29 PM
trust me, it didn't come easy.

I've been busting my balls for probably 2 years now to make it happen. And right now with all the proposals I have to come up with, I'm working a ton, but at least I love the work I guess

03-18-2009, 06:32 PM
Funny. I'm a part time taste tester. 9-noon, three days a week. It's close to the gym too. Good gig with no stress. Help pay for my protein supps.

03-18-2009, 07:37 PM
I work an office gig. Luckily, my employer has one of the biggest corporate gyms in the world about 1/2 mile from my office. It isn't perfect, but it has a squat rack, bumpers, and a GHR. On the flip side, it has bars with those screw bolts on the end of it and most gymgoers use the bumper plates to prop up the handles of a shrug machine (don't ask).

03-18-2009, 08:22 PM
Full time student. Job stresses include long nights of partying and waking up to a not so pretty girl the morning after. ;)

Lones Green
03-18-2009, 08:25 PM
Work for a drinking water company 20 hours a week delivering 5 gal bottles. At first it took a toll on my training, but now it has no affect at all. Gotten a pretty good grip out of lugging those things around

I'm a full time student as well

I make time

03-19-2009, 12:26 AM
Full time student and I also work as a junk hauler. Considering that its physical labor intensive, my job doesnt affect my training that much. There are some hard days at work but school defiinitely wears me out more than work does.