Weekend Warrior: Competing Against Yourself
Our weekend warrior, Joe Vennare, explains how to create your own competition.
There’s nothing like the anticipation of physical competition to get you out of bed and into the gym everyday. It gives you a goal to strive toward as well as a measure of accountability. But if your lifestyle simply won’t allow for participation in a community sports league or fitness event, you can always create your own competition and increase your chances of getting fit.
Saturday I was up at the first sign of light and off to the local track for a workout with my kettlebell. I was exercising alone, so to make the situation more interesting and infuse the spirit of healthy competition into my life, I set up a routine that matched my efforts against a running clock. I set it for 15 minutes and selected four exercises to make up one round:
20 kettlebell swings
400m run (that’s one lap around the track)
The goal was to complete as many rounds of the four exercises as possible in the allotted timeframe. If you perform each exercise as quickly as possible (safely, of course) your heart rate will soar and your muscles will burn. Remember, you’re trying to complete the round as many times as possible, so you’re only resting long enough to catch your breath.
Somewhere around the fifth set I was so tired that I lost count of my fitness rounds--but I just kept going until the 15 minutes were up. When the timer went off, I just laid on the track for a little while. I was spent. This quick, effective training session not only led me toward complete exhaustion, but it also brought out my competitive edge. There’s nothing like racing the clock to beat your own best time. Once you try it, I guarantee that you’ll be back for more.
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Joe Vennare is a one of the nation’s top trainers, a freelance writer, and a fitness entrepreneur who co-founded Hybrid Athlete, Kettlebell Cardio™ and Race Day Domination.
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