Posts tagged HIIT
Habits of Health: 30 Days To Fixed Ways

I am reading a brilliant book at the moment by a bloke named Hal Elrod. Called 'The Miracle Morning', this book has sold countless copies and I know why - it's pure gold! 

As the title of the book suggests, The Miracle Morning is about setting positive life habits that are the precursors to hitting huge life goals. Hal's convincing argument is that it starts with rising early in the morning and on your own time, not five minutes before you need to be out the door for work. 

I have long believed in and practiced this idea myself and reading this book really reinforced the value of the behaviour for me. There's a certain sense of pride and motivation that comes from knowing that you've already smashed a gym session, had two showers (before and after gym) and powered through breakfast while the tired majority are halfway through their snooze between alarms three and four. 

But of all the gold nuggets in this book, one specific suggestion stood out to me: how to create habits.

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The Training Paradox

You know the feeling. It's Sunday night and you've had a fairly big weekend. The last thing you want to do on a Monday morning is set your alarm for 5:30am so you can get up and hit the gym. It's winter - cold, dark and.... cold! You just want to stay in bed. It's pouring rain outside and just getting to class has you soaked. 

But, because you are a legend that is focussed on bringing about a change to your health, you haul your ass up. A two minute, warm shower gets blood to your otherwise frozen feet but not before your butt goes numb on a chilly toilet seat. You slam down an espresso, slap on a beanie and head off to the class. The local F45 fitness centre, in case you are wondering. 

The instructors turn up and sympathise with you...kinda. "Freezing init!" they say, almost as a parting shot before they torture you!

The session starts with a warm-up; it seems your joints need some oil. And with some creaks and cracks, we're away. First station you're thinking, "ahhh, this is easy!" but three stops ahead is that bloody horrid rowing machine! Surely rowing should be an olympic sport ONLY but instead, old mate instructor's yelling at you to push harder. The lactic is burning and the little voice in your head is telling you to stop! "Why am I doing this when I actually have a choice not to?"

Halfway now and despite the fact that it's minus 42 degrees, you've got sweat on your brow. It's somewhat sadistic and this sweat is a mark of you paying your dues. Onto the chin-up bar, "I can do a PB today" you proclaim to yourself... incorrectly. Three full pull-ups in 45 seconds isn't much to be proud of. You think to yourself, "I've been training for 20 years, how can I still only manage three?"

But despite the pain, you're now in the zone. You're on the run home and there's only seven stations to go. "Seven times 45 seconds equals not much" you think to yourself and you begin to lift your intensity as the class comes to a close. You're now pumping out burpees like a man on a mission. There going to need a a traffic cop to slow you down. 

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