(forgive the poor quality of the video -- it was supposed to be just for me)
It is no surprise to anyone that I am into a fitness. Not only am I into fitness but I actually quit my "good" full time, good paying job in 2015 in order to pursue a career in fitness. That's how much into fitness I am.
I have since gone back to work (cause ... you know, money) however, I still work a part time job in fitness. I know the ins and outs of the fitness world. I know how to lose weight. I know how to build muscle. I know how to train for the stage. I know how to train for life. I know how to maintain my weight.
Just like everyone else though, I sometimes lose motivation. What does that look like for me? I will always train but when I have no motivation, my workouts are boring. They have no intensity. I'm just going through the motions. My mirror helps me to rationalize because I don't look bad. I know I could look better. And beyond how I look, I know I could feel better and I know I could be working harder. After all, what is the point of getting up at 4:30am to go to the gym if you aren't going to give it your all. I might as well stay in bed ... after all I'm pretty much getting the same results.
Yes, a lackluster workout is better than no workout -- but not consistent lackluster workouts. I know better. And when you know better, you do better (hopefully).
I shot the above video in my living room the other evening because I wanted to try out a quick workout to get my heart rate up. I'm actually planning to use this as a warm up for the students in the exercise class that I teach. It can, however, be used as a cardio workout that you can repeat several times.
I want to see a change in my body. I want my abs back. There, I said it. It would be one thing if I never had them ... but I've had them. And now I don't as you can see from the video.
I have taken the step to be more disciplined in my diet and I plan to implement more HIIT in my workouts. I will take shorter (or eliminate) breaks during weight training and add sprint intervals on the treadmill. I hate HIIT, by the way but if I want to see change, I have to make a change. I'm basically changing the entire way I train my body. I'm used to training for size/performance, now I'm training for aesthetics. Probably harder to do, especially since I'm of a certain age ... not an excuse just a fact.
Here's a breakdown of the workout in the video:
Do each exercise for 45 seconds then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat as many times as you can:
Kettle bell swings (alternative butt kickers if you don't have a kettle bell)