The Guide to Finding Time to Train


Finding time to workout is one of the obstacles many of us face when it comes to developing our health and wellness. There are many factors that go into this, not to mention some factors that may not seem readily available (motivation, for instance, is a factor when it comes to finding time. Really, “lack of time” can just be a cover for “I’m not motivated”….I digress).


For those of you who really are husting like crazy with their jobs and family and are struggling to find time to get your training in, have no fear, you can make it work. The first thing we need to do is figure out how much time you are willing to put into your training. Next, where is your time currently time spent, truly. And finally, what can you do to get the most bang for your proverbial buck considering the answer to question #1. Let’s break it down and see what we come up with:



When I ask this question, I’m not asking you how much you think you SHOULD put in or how much your neighbor or sister puts in. I’m asking have much time are you willing to set aside for exercise? Many people get stuck in the belief that you have to workout for at least an hour to get anything out of it. This is what we’re taught, after all, by television, the government and other popular outlets. Here’s the thing, none of that matters if you’re just going to quit because it’s too much for YOU. If I tell you, you have to train 5 days a week for 2 hours at a time in order to get results, you’re packing your bags before you get started. So decide how much time YOU are WILLING to set aside, and start there.



A couple of obvious answers come to mind here. The answers that are most readily available are first, such as work and family. Okay, how much of your “family time” is truly family time. Are you busy playing Call of Duty, or watching the News, or hitting a Netflix marathon? And how much time do you spend on your phone MINDLESSLY? If the answer to any of these questions is 15 minutes or more, then you have time to workout. You have to decide what’s important to you. If improving your health and wellness is important, then pull yourself away from your phone for 20 minutes and workout. It’s all about what you want!



If you’re strapped for time and are looking for the best way to get the results you want, I have 3 words for you: Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT for short). MRT is a combination of High Intensity Interval Training and Resistance Training. Both of these training protocols are fantastic ways to get any result you want in and of themselves. When you combine them, you get a beast of a training convention that is efficient and effective. Here’s a look at how an MRT session may look:


Goblet Squats                                  20secs

Pushups                                            20secs

REST                                         60secs

Bear Crawl                                       40secs

REST                                         60secs

Kettlebell Swing                             20secs

Kettlebell Rows                              20secs each side

Rest and repeat 4 times


Now notice, we have a mixture of resistance training and interval training. All we’re doing is picking exercises and doing them for time, making sure to rest enough so that our heart rate can recover enough. After all, the point of interval training is to get your heart rate up quick, then to let it recover and repeat.


Whenever you feel ready to get yourself in the best shape of your life, start by deciding how much time you want to put in NOW. You have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is different for everybody.

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Jerry Scarlato

Owner, Fitness Coach at Thrive Fitness
Jerry Scarlato is a Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur who lives in Northern Kentucky. He runs 2 businesses related to health and wellness: Thrive Fitness and Thrive Online. Jerry has been involved in the fitness for his entire adult life, including playing sports through college. Along with being an Entrepreneur, Jerry is a content creator,
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