No one is going to care about this except me, but I made it to the kung fu studio 19 times in March, for a total of 24 classes. This far exceeds all of my previous attendance records. (There was one month when I only went four times… Yikes!)
Burnout is definitely an issue. When I go five times a week, it can feel a little oppressive, like I’m trapped by my class schedule. I don’t get to eat regular dinners, I’m constantly showering and doing laundry, and I’m forever dealing with bruises and sore muscles (which leads to a lot of groaning and limping around the apartment).
On the other hand, going every night reinforces habit. In many ways, it’s actually easier to go every night than to go two or three times a week. There is no internal debate — Do I go or do I skip? — the body, mind, and spirit are already on board, or at least resigned, to getting in the car and driving to class. Habit is a powerful, amazing, kind of terrifying thing.
There’s also the mental aspect of class, the intense group learning environment. Remembering dozens of forms and techniques on top of trying to pick up new moves and execute them immediately can be extremely stressful…despite how much I love doing it. The Mind and Spirit are often taxed and tested just as much as the Body. That’s a whole different way I can experience burnout.
For you folks who workout — in any capacity — how do you deal with burnout? Is it even an issue for you? What’s your ideal number of workouts a week?
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