When I hear Brendan say “We’re only going to do a 5 minute workout today,” I know something is up. That can’t be right…can it? Five minutes? Did he bring a lipo machine with him or something? OK, how awesome would that be??
*sigh* I should really know better…
Today’s workout was, indeed, called “The Five Minute Workout,” but it was far from being only five minutes in length. The following pairs of exercises were written on the whiteboard:
Bike 45 sec./Burpee 10
Bench Press 10/Lat Pulldown 10
Smith Machine Squat 10/Hamstring Curls 10
Bicep Curls 10/Dips 10
Squat to Shoulder Press 10/Barbell Twist 10
Renegade Row 10/Medicine Ball Slam 10
Medicine Ball Swing 10/Sprints 50m
Split Squats 10/Froggers 10
OK, so here’s the deal. You start with the first pair (say, bike and burpee) and perform each move for a total of five minutes. So you jump on the bike and ride as hard as you can for 45 seconds, then jump off and perform 10 burpees, then back on the bike for 45 seconds, and so on and so forth until you hit five minutes. Once you are finished with that pairing, then you move onto the next pair (and so on…). We stopped after the fourth pair and rested for two minutes before we started the last four pairs of exercises. Needless to say, these moves got our hearts a-pumpin’ and our bodies a-sweatin’.
It’s funny how our minds work, though. I thought that the workout seemed to go faster because I was constantly waiting for the five-minute mark so I could switch. A few of my workout partners agreed. I love these mind games I can play with myself…I just wish I could do the same with food. (“No, really brain, this lettuce leaf tastes just like salt and vinegar chips and a bottle of beer…I swear! Just try it…”)
Damn you, brain!!