Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I have been struggling with motivating my kid sister and I got a ton of feedback from my Sparkfriends. Most said that the best I could do is to be an example to her and let her find her own spark. For me, the biggest control freak and perfectionist alive, that is hard to do. But I took your advice. I did reach out and ask her if she wanted to work out together and she said yes. She actually got to the gym before I did.
We had a pretty tough HIIT workout. We began with a 35 minute elliptical warmup. Typically I tell her to make sure she reaches at least 120 strides per minute and typically she struggles. Its not that she couldn't hit it, it was that it took effort and she didn;t have the energy, drive, strength or whatever to surpass that. Yesterday something possessed her! At one point she hit 230 strides!!! She would have these huge bursts of hardwork and in between she never fell below 130 and she averaged 140-150. She was mmimicking every move i made. She tried to do it without using hands but she isnt yet used to balancing herself on the machine and using her core to stabilize herself. She went hard the entire 35 minutes.
After getting off the elliptical we moved to the free weight area to do the rest of our workout. On most days she is lagging so far behind me to get there that I get frustrated. Yesterday she was right on my tail ready to do our next workout. We began with 20 squat jumps followed by a series of High/mid/low chair poses followed by more squat jumps and more chair poses. We then did the Farmer's Haul with two 35 lb dumbbells. We moved into shoulder and chest work with dumbbells and followed that with high intensity jumping jacks (more like a cheerleaders Spread Eagle done continuosly without stopping for 15 jumps). We followed that with ice-skaters and more Farmers Haul. We repeated everything and then finished our workoutwith centipedes (bending over and crawling forward into a plank, holding for ten seconds and then crawling back up into a standing position). My sister did this all, no complaints and full out! I was really excited and I hope it continues. I was congratulating her on her efforts and she tells me that she had this energy shot a trainer at the gym recommended and it has zero calories. I didn't care at all because it upped her game tremendously.
Today I had to skip out on Zumba because I am not feeling the best. My chest is heavy, my throat is scratchy and my eyes feel weird. I basically feel drunk. And I couldnt imagine jumping around and sweating without passing out. Right now I am typing with Vics Vapo Rub on my chest and neck and Derrell has already made me pop pills. With that being said, I am going to relax. Thank you for all the continued support.