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    Hi all,

    I currently work in the emergency services and as such, do a lot of shift work. (6days on 4days off)

    There are going to be times during the week where i’m just not able to get 3-4 workouts done in a day.

    Having read the 80/20 book I am aware that shifting around can occur. However, I don’t want to feel like I’m playing catch up all the time.

    Is there a general rule of thumb for moving back training or one/two workouts to the following day? I appreciate this question is quite generic , but if anyone can share their own experiences or best practice in terms of rearranging training on a specific day I would appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance,


    David Warden


    We appreciate those of you in emergency service in today’s world!

    This is a tough question to answer generally. There any many “it depends.” Let me see if I can give some guidance:

    1. Try not to have two interval sessions in the same day (swim intervals do not count ). It just makes the second interval session trash.

    2. Perform the highest intensity session first.

    3. Move the easy workouts and keep the hard workouts where they are, if possible. This help support #1 and #2.

    4. Try not to have 3 days in a row of intervals.

    Come back on this thread with a sample week from your plan, and your restrictions and we’ll workshop how to adjust it here.




    Thanks for taking the time to answer my Q’s above. Your numbered points above are perfect and is exactly what I was after.

    I’m in the process of purchasing one of your tri-plans (Currently testing everything out on the maintenance plan and the syncing with the watch/phone – all going well so far).

    As soon as I’ve purchased and sync’d, i’ll come back here. I really appreciate your input, sage advice and the support you’re providing your community at 80/20.

    Thanks again,


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