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I almost quit

If you read my last post about Sprint Interval Training (SIT), also known as Super-high Intensity Training, I told you how great it is for your cardiovascular endurance, speed, power, fat loss, and just good health in general.  Well, I literally just finished one of these workouts and almost quit 3/4 of the way through.

Yep, that's right.  And you know what, it was one of the best workouts I've had.  It took 21 minutes and I nearly didn't finish it.  You can literally do this one anywhere.  I walked to the park just up the street (Carondolet Park for those in St. Louis), and here is what I did, simple and to the point:


#1. Lunge Walks (60 seconds)

(rest 30 seconds)



#2. Push-Ups (60 seconds)

(rest 30 seconds)


#3. Sprint- All Out (60 seconds)

(rest 30 seconds)



#4Walk/Rest (another 60 seconds)


Repeat the entire thing 3 more times (Total of 4 sets)


When I started the lunge walks on my first set, I felt pretty confident.  Even doing the full set of push-ups for a minute, I felt pretty good.  That's usually a pretty difficult task for anyone to keep a decent pace of push-ups for 60 seconds straight.  So I was silently patting myself on the back.  Then I strated my first sprint.  The legs felt pretty good and I was moving at a pretty quick pace (for me, that is. I've never been accused of being super fast).  But as the sprint went on, and on, I looked at my watch to see that only 30 seconds had passed and I knew I was in trouble.  All of a sudden, even though intuitively I knew I was doing a sprint workout,  I suddenly realized how hard this was going to be.

The second set got even harder of course, but I got through it, thinking

"alright, I'm half way there, no problem."  

Then I saw that after finishing up my 3rd set of lunges and push ups, unfortunately, my timing and distance had placed me perfectly at the point in the park, where I was standing at the base of the largest hill on the path for my 3rd 60 second sprint.  Crap.

The clock counted down and I was off.  Immediately, I felt my legs get heavy and within about 15 seconds, I felt like I was moving in slow motion.  This was by far the slowest my watch has ever ticked.  In the last 10 seconds, I resolved to myself that this would be the last set.  No one would know that I was going to do 4 sets, but decided to quit after thie 3rd.  I worked very hard, that was enough, right? 

Once that sprint was over I was gasping for air and pretty much ready to pack it in, but as I took my rest break, I realized, that is exactly what these workouts are all about.  Pushing yourself to the limits.  If I can't finish 4 lousy sets, what kind of a role model is that for my clients.  So despite wanting to lay down right there on the path, I decided, no matter how poor of an effort the 4th set was, I would give it everything I had.

The lunges were tough, but bearable; the push ups were nearly impossible to keep a continuous pace and not drop to my knees, but I made it through them. Then, that final sprint.  I'm not gonna lie, it sucked.  I was slow.  My legs were like concrete, and my lungs were burning.  60 seconds seemed to take 5 minutes, and I knew the people walking past me on the path were thinking,

"why does he look like he is dying, he is barely jogging?"  

But, I finished.  It felt good and terrible all at the same time.  21 minutes of pushing myself to the limit and it was all over.  And you know what, the first thing I said to my wife when I got home, was, "I want to do that again next weekend."  As bad as I felt like I performed, I know that I got a great workout in and burned a ton of calories, and will continue to do so for hours.  Talk about an efficient workout.

If you haven't tried one, do this one, or the one I put up in the previous post.  If you do both of those and want another one, just put a comment in the box below and I'll create one just for you.

Enjoy your weekend!



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