A "Strategy Wednesday" has been long overdue, so I've blocked out a few hours today for it. Basically it's a reassessment of what's going on, what I can do better, and often what I can drop or discontinue. And... this applies to my lifestyle as a whole, not just business or entrepreneur stuff... but also fitness and food. Much to the annoyance of some, I see all of this as essentially the same. Many of the "rules" and strategies of one are useful in the other. It's really all the same thing in so many ways, and I use this idea to justify my wide-ranging interests! :)
Those of you following along ontoday you may have noticed at the end of one of the videos I kind of... attack a bowl of pepperment bark at Williams-Sonoma while on an otherwise innocent errand to pick up a box of Mavea water filters. Long story short, I might have had a little bit of a sugar rush when I came home, but I also wanted to get some reps in, and some small chores done too.
Enter the EMOM workout... Every Minute On the Minute. I set the interval timer to chime on the minute every minute for 30 minutes--which is a pretty ambitious time frame for an EMOM workout usually, but I had planned to keep the reps low on this one. I did a mobility warm up and set up everything before pressing start. Earlier today I brought up an"Strength" bag that is filled with about 50lbs of delicious smelling dry jasmine rice (50lb bags of Thai style jasmine rice were on sale the day that I went to the Asian market looking for a giant bag of rice). I wanted to the outside of the bag anyway so why not grunge it up with some of my sweat beforehand? Also, I love doing little combos with it. For tonight I felt more like "doing things" than "thinking" so an EMOM workout sounded like the right idea. FIRST, a basic ground rule: every rep must be good, if questionable reps start happening, then the game is over.
Here's the version I did and the little video I didn't think to shoot until I was about 3/4 of the way through the workout...
What's all this MONDAY Monkey Business??!?
A pattern I've seen for years (and have also personally experienced) is that the more advanced you get, the less you really need. While there's always a seemingly human-nature-fueled thirst for gadgets and gizmos, and while new stuff can be motivating and a lot of fun (and I certainly have a first class collection of workout goods) it's important to remember that we can do a whole lot with less, or next to nothing. I can remember a time when I thought I needed specially timed meals, protein shakes and a whole gym full of machines and treadmills to be in shape. Of course the funny part was I always felt like I was still missing something--no matter how many "for women" fitness articles (and watch out, guys... there's plenty of goofiness in your media too) I read or how many times I tried the polite pretty workouts contained within.
Used to be ashamed of this, but after hearing that some other very esteemed top instructors also had the same problem I've gotten over it. And that's an ability to coach and count at the same time. Seeing that the coaching part is more important, I decided to add a couple sets of poker chips to my collection of workout items. One is this very simple plastic box of 100 chips which occasionally comes out to the park with us to help keep track of how many rounds we've done in a circuit, or if there's a "do at least x number of single presses on your own time during today's session" challenge of 10-20 chips per person.
I had a late conference call again last night, and while I hoped it wouldn't go long, you never know with these things. Leading up to the call I needed to get a number of things accomplished. One was that I really wanted to work on some specificprogressions to make sure they were solid for the upcoming . The version of the "Poker Chip Workout" I did last night was a little different than the one you see on the picture, but accomplished what I needed nicely (I practiced more variations of the items listed, adding in a couple of one arm push ups, things like that...) During the time between some of the more max-effort items, I managed to finish up some small household chores too - getting more done in the same time. Can't always do that with the more focused, timed, or high intensity workouts, but it works great for strength challenges.