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I just got HIIT; Building momentum.

Thursday, April 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
9
2009

I knew I was out of shape, but yesterday afternoon’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio session really drove the point home. I think my heart rate got up to over 190 BPM… while I was adjusting the seat on my recumbent bike. OK, that was a slight exaggeration, but I’m not embellishing when I say the 14 brief minutes I spent on that bike hurt. I really pushed the “all out” intervals to max. When I finished the cardio session I felt like I had sand in my lungs, I was beet red and I was drenched in sweat. If you’d seen me immediately after my cardio you’d thought I’d just run a marathon in the desert.

When I started my 2008 bulk back in October I was also in pretty bad shape. The first few weeks of my bulk were really tough for me in some ways, but at the same time it felt great to be back in the gym and making forward progress. Despite the uphill battle I’m facing right now, I feel the exact same way as I did back in October.

When you’re out of shape and you know that many months of hard work lie ahead before you’ll reach your goal, sometimes the temptation to slack off is strong. That’s why it’s important to build momentum. The way I build momentum is to give a maximal effort when I work out, to know in my heart that I’m doing everything in my power to further my progress and to celebrate the small victories along the way. When I say “celebrate” I DON’T mean with junk food or alcohol, which is how most people celebrate things. My celebrations are simple and quiet. I look at the progress I’ve made, think back to where I was when I started and feel strong and empowered. This is why the “all or nothing” approach works so well for me: I crave progress like it’s a drug.

Right now what I’m craving are egg whites and red potatoes, and so I’m off to make my breakfast. Have a great day, and celebrate your victories!

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