While I’ve never watched the Biggest Loser, had a personal trainer, or even really done many group fitness classes, I’ve always thought it would be fun to work people hard or to be worked to the point of sheer exhaustion.
Sometimes when Kelly is training in the basement I (somewhat jokingly) get in his face and yell at him to push harder, do one more set, etc.
Now I’m working both his and my booty.
For the last few weeks we’ve changed our routine up on Tuesdays to a bootcamp style workout, which we call Toughen up Tuesdays. I make up the workouts and they incorporate a lot of high intensity exercises that our bodies aren’t used to after lots of endurance and little to no speed work. It also includes lots of strength to help our weaker glutes and hips.
They have ranged in length from 15 minutes to 25 minutes and let me tell you, both Kelly and I are toast at the end! It’s a good thing we’re competitive against each other otherwise I’m sure one of us would have quit partway through. It’s also fun to yell “toughen up” if one is really suffering!
After the first two Tuesdays I couldn’t climb stairs or sit down without wincing for a couple days. Last time I was only sore for one day so I took that as progress.
I love the challenge of both completing the workout and creating something fun for us to struggle through together.
We hope to do this once a week until we start training for something and then reevaluate how to add higher intensity into our training. For now we’re doing it outside, but pretty soon we’ll have to move it indoors where we can add in more elements.
How often do you do high intensity training or mix it up from your normal routine?
What’s the toughest exercise for you?
I loathe burpees, but nothing makes me sorer than side lunges!