Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fitness in 20 Seconds?

What are your top excuses for not working out?
Do any of these sound familiar?

I have kids

I have no time for the gym

I can never stick with a program

I hate sweating

87 gazillion times up and down the stairs isn't a workout?

I clean house, isn't that enough?

Exercise hurts

This list could go on and on, I've used every one of them - feel free to add your own favorite.

If you have been reading my blog, you will know that I Joined A Gym at the end of March and I am also doing a Slimdown for Summer Fitness Challenge.  The first 7 pounds came off like buttah basically from changing my habits and moving 3 - 5 times a week.  In the last month, sadly I have only lost 3 pounds and would really like to run get away from 150 pounds. I am currently at 147(ish) - you can find my current measurements HERE.  In all my shortness, that weight is not condusive for the BMI (which I don't really believe anyway, but still...) or thighs worthy of skydiving which I plan on repeating this summer with my father who moaned when I went last time that I didn't invite him. <--totally different post

Monday starts a new journey of 20 Second Fitness AKA The Super Fast At-Home Interval Training System. This thanks to my friend Kim at What's That Smell - Accidental Mommies who managed to put together a group of bloggers to also participate in the program and share their own individual results.  Kim is just getting back from a trip to Mexico so please forgive the lack of details, I will have more as the week continues I am sure. 

This 20 Second Fitness program is just exactly what you probably think it is, I have faith that my readers can figure this one out.  20 seconds of an exercise - then you get 10 rest seconds to prepare for the next 20 seconds of engagement and fun for entertainment purposes.  I watched the introduction video and was apparently somehow motivated after watching all the exercise form vids to just do the first day.  The video claims that "Your Body Can't Wait", maybe that was somehow subliminal as well because I have never been motivated to just go ahead and do the first day before I planned on starting...

It took all of four minutes and included:

  • Cross Country Skier
  • Planks
  • Push-Ups
  • Curls

The idea is that you work your hardest doing as many as you can as intensely as possible for you for those 20 seconds.  Each exercise is repeated in that order.  That's 2 minutes each set, I repeat: the first day took all of FOUR MEASLY MINUTES. Done. I disliked pushups the most - only did 8 the first set and was able to get 11 out of the second set.

Spencer Larson who is a co founder of the program and your enthusiastic instructor continuously tells you that "You can do anything for 20 seconds" and that this can be part of your routine like brushing your teeth.  I will tell you it hurt for maybe half of those 20 seconds but then it was over in a flash and done for the day.  Well, in my case, I will be adding it to what I was already doing at the gym 3 - 5 times a week.

For someone who has tried many many many programs - I go as far back as Sweatin' to the Oldies with Richard Simmons - I have to be honest here.  My biggest success came years ago BC when I began each morning jumping rope.  I started out slow and eventually worked my way up to a couple minutes each morning and didn't do a whole lot more.  I really think there is something about waking up your metabolism in a fast blast like this and really, who doesn't have 4 minutes?  Kids or no kids, a few minutes can easily work into any routine and sounds a heck of a lot better than an hour at the gym.  I am excited to start this program and share my next eight weeks with you.  Friday is my next weigh-in and may include before pictures so stay tuned.


Kathy said...

I have a love hate reltionship with the gym. I really do love it, I love the exercise, meeting people, I don't even mind sweating because it has cut down on my night sweats, that I really hate. What I have the hardest time is just doing it, getting there. So, as you embark on your journey I will commit to going to the gym, once I'm there I know I will be glad. Good luck! And, have fun!

Pamela said...

You go girl!! you CAN do it!!

Optimistic Mom said...

Great post! I really enjoyed it! You can meet your goals. I have been working out seriously for about 1 year and have seen great results. I started out slow and worked my way up. Wish I had know about the 20 seconds workout. ;)

Good Luck!

coffee_pot said...

I totally need to get on board. I'm not in trouble yet, but the scale is creeping up ever so confidently! Thank you for sharing!

Keda said...

I have had 3 contracts at gyms, and never again. It always ends up beign such a money waster in my life. I do yoga now and that I love! But I still won't go if it is more than 10 minutes drive from me. Luckily I have never had a huge problem with my weight, but age had made me realised that activity is necessary over and above weight issues. So running up and down stairs works for me, as well as walking short distances at high speed. And of course yoga. Which I Love. Did I mention that :)

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

I started this morning. i skipped the warmup because Spencer said considering I just did Insanity it was ok to skip the warmup weeks.

I burned 130 calories in 8 minutes and frankly I didn't push. I've got a "I wanna be in Mexcio" hangover.

I was burning 600-800 in 45 minutes w/ Insanity so if you do the math, this is actually right on with the level of calories burning.

I'll be posting later and I'm trying to organize a way for us to share our posts in case people want to link up to each other and support each other.

Arlee said...

Congrats on your success! This past winter I started working out again. It was slow going at first, but I worked up to running. Right now I am sidelined with an injury. I am terrified that this injury will sideline me permanently.
Keep up the good work!

Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Sounds like an awesome program. I need to get into some shape so I might give this a go. Sounds better than running on a treadmill!

Jessica said...

I blog so I don't have time to workout.

Good luck on your new program!