I asked my Fab5, if they have a piece of exercise equipment that they use regularly – You know, that was either garbage for someone else, you got it 10 cents on the dollar or is junk to anybody but you, that you have a love affair with. Well this is mine. I call it “Manny” the MANUAL treadmill. And he’s hard all the time…
I do 4 intervals with Manny. I walk the first minute (but it’s hard walking, like manual steering from a parked position), the tread won’t easily move. I recover for a minute. Yes, recover. Remember YOU ARE THE MOTOR, there’s no “switch” to turn on. When you start, it starts… when you stop, it’s stops… no cool down.
I’ve had clients get on it and say, “O.K. what do I do?” I say, “Start walking… heel first…” It takes them a while to get the hang of it. Sometimes they push so hard, their shoe comes off. (I have to turn my head because I’m trying not to laugh and they’ll think I’m messing with them and I’m not!)
They have said, “I’ll work with you, if you DON’T make me get on THAT MACHINE!” That’s when you know it’s a good one (piece of equipment).
Back to my love affair – Then I run like a pit bull is after me for 30 seconds – recover 2 minutes. My heart rate is off the charts, I don’t even want to look at it until at least a minute into recovery. I repeat the 30 second sprint- recovery 2 minutes, for 2 more intervals. Then if I don’t throw up, (precisely why I exercise on a empty stomach, and so should you), I do some TRX moves, some thin thighs in 30 days moves, some hip flexor stretches with a small ball and chest and hamstring stretches and I’m done. 16 minutes.
I have a date every day with Manny except Mondays. No exercise on Mondays. A valuable lesson I’ll teach you if you stick with me.
What we want to teach you is to find a piece of equipment (your body will do also), that you can and will utilize and form a “love affair with it”. Talk dirty to it if necessary. Whatever it takes to get you in it’s presence and using it.
Every morning, I meet with Manny, I say “I’m only going one round (interval) with you today Manny… you wore me out yesterday.” Then I end up doing them all. It’s a love-hate relationship because some mornings I take a sneak a peak at myself in the mirror (you know, you pretend like you’re not looking at yourself) and my midsection is awesome. And I love Manny. When I have to run to catch a bus or after Pang Pang (my pug who thinks he can out run a kitty cat) and don’t feel like I’m going to die or lift babies or groceries and can eat more… I LOVE Manny.
At my age, I don’t want to teach 12 exercise classes a week or do endless cardio or body pump, or cross fit. I just want to “zip my pants” and have enough energy to enjoy my life. And to do that, I’ve figured out that I have to have my love affair with Manny until one of us says good bye.
Leave comments below and share your favorite piece of exercise equipment, even if it’s your own body. I’d love to know what it is. Can you develop a love affair with it? I hope you’ll try…