Training my friend (Workout included)

It is the last day of April and I am ending the month on a positive note.  The last 2 weeks, I have been doing some personal training and it has been a very exciting.  The best part is the person I am training is my best friend, my wife.  The challenge has been making sure that the workouts are hard but not discouraging.  So far she has been great but does not like me much because she is sore.  I love the opportunity to be about to help people get in shape, because I know how good it feels to be active.

My wife is not like me, I can put a workout dvd in and be committed to the program until it is done.  She like variety.  She does not want to do the same things all the time.  Having this knowledge, I have created a plan that fits her.  The workouts are no more than 15 minutes, but in those 15 minutes she is pushed to her limit.  This week to go along with the workouts we are getting outside for walks.  It is only the beginning, but I can see that she is committed to reaching her goals.  I am inspired by her guts and she told me today that “she will be in better shape than me by the end of the summer.”  I better step my game up because she is already looks amazing.

My goal is not to have her dependant on me to train her but I want to empower her to unleash the athlete within her.  She will then be able to create her own workouts and I will be the one doing them. lol.  What I am learning is to have fun in all that I do.  No matter if I am doing my own workout or if I am training her, I want to enjoy the ride.

Below is an example of what we are doing.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

Week 1


10 minute Tabata Workout

20 seconds on/ 10 seconds off


Run in Place (30 seconds) Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)



2 sets Jump Rope

2 sets Mountain Climbers

2 sets High Knees

2 sets Push-ups

2 sets Squat Jacks

2 sets Plank Jacks

2 sets Burpees

2 sets Bicycle Crunches



1 minute stretch/water break



15 minute G Butt & Gut Workout

1 minute on/ 15 seconds off


Jump Rope (1 minute)

Leg stretch (1 minute)


Bowler Lunges (Alternate)

Squats with Side Leg Raise (30 seconds each leg)

Plank Leg Raise (30 seconds each leg)

Squat Pulses (30 seconds)

Sumo Squats

Crunch Toe Touch

Weighted Russian Twist

Scissor Kicks

PilatesShoulderBridge (30 seconds each leg)

Jack Knife

Plank Hold



1 minute stretch/water break


Living beyond the results

The last couple of weeks, I have been exercising but I have been in a funk.  Nothing that I was doing was enjoyable.  To pull myself together, I switched up workouts and added some serious weight training to my routine.  Still I was not happy.  Yesterday it clicked.  I realized that I lost sight of why I exercise.  For me it is not for the results.  It is not because it is the “right” thing to do.  It is because I love to be active and exercise.  It was never about what I did but rather my intent on why I do it.  It was like a huge burden fell off my shoulders.

There is no pressure to get it all right.  Yes, I have many goals that I want to achieve but what good are results if you don’t love what you are doing.  I will be in a worst position than I started it.

I am on a journey of love.  Connecting to activities that activate the best parts of me.  I am thankful for the funk, for it brought me back to love.  I exercise not for results but because I love it.  It energizes me to pursue the life I desire.

I want to encourage you to find what makes you happy and do it.  Run, play with your kids, walk, weight train, play basketball, play wii, lol.  zumba, dance.  Don’t get caught up on the finish line but consume yourself in loving where you are now.  Be happy!

My journey today: HIIT Cardio Bodyweight workout, morning walk around a lake with my lovely wife & bowl of cereal.