Last night my boyfriend and I met up to do my INSANITY workout. I could tell after I got home from work that my motivation was waning and I needed to figure out something that would get me doing my INSANITY workout and get me doing it with high intensity.
Naturally I turned to my girlfriend skills and used my boyfriend’s competitive and fit nature to my advantage when I challenged him to try doing Pure Cardio with me. He quickly agreed to trying it with me and just like that I had locked myself into doing my workout (plus it made for an extra date night this week).
We met up just before 9 o’clock at a local park, laptop charged and ready, to do the workout. We found a well lit area suitable for our needs and started it up. It was a wonderful night, just around twenty degrees Celsius, with a light breeze; a much better atmosphere than my dark and damp basement. As well, doing the workout outside allowed for ample space to do the moves (long stretches to do suicides on, no ceiling to hit our heads when we jump, etc.).
I am not sure if it was the result of having an afternoon nap, running earlier that day, or just having a later workout time than usual, but I could tell that my speed was not as fast as it could have been. This could just be me being overly-critical of myself, an issue I struggle with a lot, but it is worth noting. Another anomaly of this workout was my water intake. Normally I only drink ~500mL throughout my INSANITY workout (even when I did Pure Cardio), but this time I ended up finishing just about 900mL (also an interesting note as there’s only 3-4 official water breaks in the workout)!
All in all, I am very glad that I did the workout and happy that I could share the time with my boyfriend. He’s really enjoyed INSANITY so far (he’s only done two workouts) and stated that he would much rather do an INSANITY workout than go for a run with me (something I have pressured him into doing at least a couple times a month). I’m happy with that trade off as normally for my runs I do not need extra motivation but I have found that turning on the INSANITY DVD helps if I have added incentive.
Yours in fitness.
After my race on Saturday I was supposed to meet up with my boyfriend around 2 o’clock. But, the bf had to work late and couldn’t make it until 4. Unfortunately, he didn’t let me know he was going to be late until after 2 o’clock passed. Now here I had a decision to make… I could either be mad that he was late and didn’t keep me informed or I could decide to put that behind me and move on. I chose to do the latter option with a twist.
To my bf’s surprise, when he arrived at my house I was dressed head to toe in my workout gear and bouncing around getting prepped for a workout. What did this mean for him? Well, I decided that instead of being upset that he was late, I would just make him do my INSANITY workout with me. Surprisingly, he put up little rejection to the idea. That’s the wonderful thing about having a fit and competitive boyfriend; you face him with a challenge and he will accept no matter how much he would rather not do it (remind me later to tell you of when he came to my advanced hot yoga class).
Saturday’s workout called for Cardio Power & Resistance. This was the perfect workout to throw at my bf as if he were to do Pure Cardio I’m sure all I would hear is that this is a workout for cardio bunnies. Instead this workout had him doing push-ups (his favourite and my least favourite exercise), squats, jumps, planks, and all those wonderful strength building exercises. By the time the warm-up finished he had a good sweat on and after circuit one he got the hang of how the workout is structured. By the end we were both out of breath and yelling at one another to go faster or squat lower.
It was excellent working out with him there because it made me really concentrate on having perfect form as well as pushed me to go as hard as I could for the full duration of each activity. By the end I had my boyfriend onside with INSANITY and even agreeing to do more of the workouts with me in the future. As of right now we have an INSANITY date set for next Saturday. I’ll work him through the Plyometric workout next and maybe eventually down the line throw Pure Cardio at him, but as for now the INSANITY workouts with the most strength building are the ones he’ll enjoy the most.
All in all, it’s a good thing I have him as I’m not sure the majority of guys out there could deal with such an “insane” girlfriend