Well it isn't often that I get my A$$ kicked at the gym, but today....
.....I had my A$$ handed to me at the gym!!
It was all because of a guy named Jacob.
It sure as hell didn't look like my much when I first spied it with my little eye. During the XMAS/New Year's break, my gym did a little re-organizing and apparently, Santa dropped this little beast off to help us prepare for Christmas Yet to Come.
I've been wanting to shake up my cardio a bit, I've been feeling a little stagnant on the Concept 2 Rower and the Spin Bikes (don't get me wrong, these are great cardio, I just needed a little variety and the elliptical wasn't hacking it either)
I looked it up and down and read the directions. Apparently you have to strap on a belt thingy that pulls on a tension line as you mount this animal. The tension determines how fast it moves underneath you.
So far, so good.
I think to myself, "Self, how hard can this be? Crouch on this ladder-thingy and start walking on hands and feet as it travels underneath you. Maybe it'll help loosen up my back too!"
I checked all the settings, the tension in the belt, gave it a pedal or 2 to make sure I understood how to distribute my weight (the cardio room was filled to the brim with about 60 New Year's Resolution dieters....the last thing I wanted to do was to have to do a double gaynor dismount in front of the whole crowd
Up I went, and.....
HOLY COW!!! Feel the burn!!!
After 90 seconds, my heart rate was up over 80%!!
I basically started doing intervals after that; 90 seconds on, 30 seconds off. I did this about 5 times and I was done!
All I wanted to do was to warm up to do my Overhead Presses today....sheesh!!
Well I gotta tell you, I'm hooked now! After torching my shoulders with Overhead Presses (I started month 5 of my 5/3/1 plan....it's a great Strength Training program), I decided to get in some more cardio to end today's workout.
All I could eke out were 3 more 90-second cycles on Mr. Jacob and I was done!
So I don't know if your gym has these or not....but if they do, you just have to try it out. In addition to getting in some Hi Intensity Cardio, I liked how the crawling movement works out your WHOLE BODY.....I felt nice and loose all over when it was done (not to mention quite thankful).
Looks like Jacob and I are going to have a very fun 2014!!! Check out these Youtube videos....I don't feel nearly so bad about my time after watching them;
Have a great night Spark friends!