The Perfect Workout

I just had the most awesome workout! Everything about it was good. The exercise, the music, the post workout stretch – even the foam rolling (which is always a drag). And even the post-workout lunch!

Why was it so good? Not sure. It may be that I had taken yesterday off and was therefore more rested. Maybe it was because I’d engaged in some pre-workout creativity, so I had something to think about and mull over. I actually have a lot of writing to do after this and all of the extra oxygen flowing to the brain really helped to solidify some of the ideas that I had been grappling with. I remember a friend of mine used to carry a voice recorder with him when he ran, because he got all of best ideas while exercising. I believe it.

Anyway, I did a little stretching warm up and then jumped on the Nordic Track Classic Pro Skier. I may have mentioned this before, but one of the things that I like about the Nordic Track is that it doesn’t give you anything. It’s no help whatsoever. Unlike a spinning bike or a treadmill (or an an elliptical) that pulls you along at least for a couple of seconds, the Nordic Track is all you. The minute – the second – that you stop moving, you literally stop. I used to hate that about it, but now I find it quite motivating. Because like many things in life, if you don’t do it, it’s not going to get done.

On the stereo was Linkin Park. I started with their first album, Hybrid Theory and let it bleed into the first three songs of their Live EP at the Soho Apple Store, which is available exclusively at itunes ending with the acoustic version of My December.

I then did a set of “Ladder Downs,” which are essentially 10 jumping jacks, 10 plank jacks, 9, jumping jacks, 9 plank jacks, 8 jumping jacks, 8 plank jacks, and so on until you get to 1 jumping jack and 1 plank jack – without rest. That’s a lot of jumping and plank-jacks! I got this idea from a video blog post that I ended up on when I clicked on an banner ad with the headline: Bikini Bootcamp! Now, I have never had on a bikini, but I never said that I didn’t believe in miracles. These ladies, whose company is called “Keep it Tight Fitness,” have a number of free exercise videos that you can check out. The chair squats look nasty. If anyone tries them, let me know!

I then finished off the workout (heart rate up) with K-Bells: Total Body Blast. It felt great.

I burned 725 calories and then did about 15 minutes of foam rolling.

Then another 16 ounces of water and lunch: a hummus and veggie pita pocket and a large spinach salad with roasted beets. Love it!

What’s your best workout sequence? And equally important, what do you listen to and how do you refuel afterward?

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