Workout Journal: 22 Minute Hard Corps Edition – Week 3

Week 3 was a bit challenging on a number of fronts.

First, it was a vacation week, with my wife and I both off of work and my daughter out of school on spring break. I usually find that if I’m on a schedule I’m way more likely to get my workouts in without scrambling. With a week off the temptation is there to just slack off. Plus, if there’s traveling involved (which we did a tiny bit of) that will throw you another curve ball.

As it was, I did pretty well, getting my workouts in and done early in the day so they were out of the way of other plans, and only had one unexpected rest day materialize due to travel. I attempted to make up for that by doubling-up my Friday workout, doing the routines scheduled for Thursday and Friday back to back.

What that ended up being was a preview of Hell Week, which I’m planning to do as the 9th week of my program – 3 workouts per day for 7 days straight. Why? Because they’re giving away a cool tchotchke for anyone who completes it. Can’t walk away from a free thingy.

Day 2 of Week 3 of 22MHC: Resistance 1. One of the fun things about tracking data the way I do with my HRM on your workouts is it allows you to see things you otherwise wouldn’t notice. Last time doing this routine my calorie burn was much lower than today. That tells me I was dogging it last time. It also shows how the same workout can produce different results. It also shows that the key variable for any program is the person doing it. Just like anything in life, what you get out of something is proportional to what you put into it. Just buying the program won’t do it. Just pressing play won’t do it. You have to be consistent and you have to push yourself. We all have off days. Last time I did this routine I was off. Today I was on. Show up every day. Push play every day and you put yourself in the best position to succeed. “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” -Joel Brown KPP

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Day 6 of Week 3 of 22MHC: Resistance 2. Why? I saw Tony Horton talk about this once. Little kids ask why. Every parent has been through the endless cycle of why. “Dad, why is the sky blue?” “Mom, why do birds fly?” Most parents run out of patience for the why game after about 5 layers of why because the game usually manifests itself when we’re in the middle of doing something that requires our attention, or because kids have a magical ability to ask us about things we don’t have answers for or aren’t comfortable talking to a 4 year old about. The shame is we’re also taught as adults to stop being curious and we’re passing that on to our kids. But what if we fight the urge to stop wondering? Why do I do what I do? Why do I coach? Why do I execute on my workouts every day? I coach because it keeps me accountable. Why? Because without accountability it’s easy to blow off a commitment to myself in favor of something easier? Why? I live in a universe of distractions and appealing ways to entertain myself or busy work that seems important. Why? Because our whole culture has become consumed with instant gratification and quick pay-offs. Why? Because the human mind evolved as a pattern recognition system designed to clue us in to opportunities to feed, get shelter from threats and reproduce. Why do you work out every day? Because I inherited high risk genes from both sides of my family and if I don’t actively work against them I will succumb to them and I would like to not only live longer, but live better. Why? Because I don’t want to live dependent on meds. Why? Because there is no such thing as a drug without negative side effects. See how this goes? Don’t be afraid of why. KPP

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