Self-Discovery: Ya learn something new everyday…

…at least some of it might as well be about yourself!

I was really struggling to write a workout today. I wanted to get some cardio in, but had to do so in a way that didn’t cause me to leave >50% of my lung stranded on the gym floor after a nauseating and decibel breaking coughing fit. So, I resorted to asking my “gym friends” for ideas. The suggestion — Spinning. “That’s a great idea!” you might be thinking… except for the fact that I long ago decided that I am not, in any way, shape or form a fan of pasting my butt to a stationary bike for countless minutes and pedaling to no where. Or hell, even biking in the summertime! Not a fan. Bruised butt, pedal scratches, and helmet hair – that’s the worst! Maybe that’s rooted somewhere in the months I spent in Costa Rica where a bike was my only method of transportation…I don’t know. All I know is I was hard set against the idea, so I adamantly protested.

Until I couldn’t come up with anything better. I caved.

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And you know what, I actually kind of enjoyed it. I am pretty fortunate at my gym. While it is a relatively small, locally owned facility, they tend to spice things up by bringing in some truly cutting-edge equipment (just this week the added a treadmill desk to the repertoire – FitBit steps and studying? SCORE!), and one of the jazzy things they have is this lovely e-Spinner (or one similar). The cool thing about it is that it has these lovely video programs that are similar to taking a real live spinning class! It tells you when to go faster, when to slow down, and when to change the resistance settings. It even has a speed gauge on a bar and you have to keep your speed in between the two points to keep the screen green and happy. It also breaks down the session into 2-3 minute intervals of changing pace (cadence) and resistance, so you aren’t just sitting on the bike pedaling monotonously for however long you self designate. I planned on about 15 minutes of cardio and ending up getting into it and staying at it for the full 25-minute program. I won’t go as far as to say I’m hooked yet, but it was an acceptable change of pace. Props to the gym buddy on this one.

What I learned about myself in this whole debacle is that I will probably enjoy pretty much anything you throw at me, so long as you find some way of segmenting the workout so that it keeps things interesting. That is probably why I gravitate towards things like HIIT, Tabata, and even weight lifting — it allows me to constantly change gears, instead of monotonously repeating the same motion. Anyone else like that in their workout styles? How about in daily life?

Anyway, here’s what I got for ya today!

Cardio – 25 minutes on the bike (interval program)…or TRY SOMETHING NEW!

Strength (Chest and Triceps)

  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes
  • Incline Dumbbell Chest Press
  • Dumbbell overhead Tricep extensions
  • Barbell Chest Press
  • Barbell Skull Crushers
  • Bench Dips
  • Tricep Pushdowns
  • Cable Crossovers
  • Tricep Overhead Extensions
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