Today I did an improvisational HIIT workout using Sam’s timer. I am happy to say it kicked my ass. I had no problem coming up with exercises on the spot. Actually it might be easier to film an improvisational workout because my mind would be working on the next exercise leaving it less time for anxiety/insecurity! Anyway it was a lot of fun and I don’t feel that I went easy on myself. Actually the good thing about improvisational is that you can adjust for your heart rate to keep yourself right there on the edge the entire time.
I had a rough day at work today. My job is demanding in the sense that I have a lot to do in a short time frame. The job is dirty and physically exhausting. With spring around the corner a lot of people change from winter to summer tires which means that there were a lot people in the customer service area. It is very hard to clean the customer service area, particularly the floors when it’s crowded. I also find it uncomfortable to be watched when I am cleaning. I don’t even want to think about how I smell or about my disheveled appearance. Someone at the shop had a bought of explosive green-tinted diarrhea. The bathrooms were very dirty, I am talking chiseling shit off dirty. I suppose someone attempted to clean up one of the bathrooms but what they actually did was squirt cleaner on the walls and the toilet. I am worried as to why the walls needed to be cleaned with toilet cleaner. I am also worried by the fact that they just sort of left the cleaner there like covering a surface was sufficient.
Now for reasons I cannot fathom there is a room that contains both a desk and a cot for sleeping. They have determined that the room they use for sleeping is the most suitable place for trash. That is bizarre enough but they decided to leave said to trash to liquefy. They removed the liquefied garbage but decided to leave the garbage juice on the floor. There was also a significant amount of garbage juice on the walls. So they remove the bags and decide let’s just leave this for the cleaner when she arrives. I clean once a week and I am not even assigned to clean that room (though I did clean it because my god that is nasty). How long exactly did they leave that and how could they live with it like that??? If I hadn’t cleaned it was that something they were prepared to live with indefinitely?
I have finished writing all 30 workouts for my 30 day HIIT challenge! They mostly fall in the 40 minute range with a 15 second rest between exercises. I am not sure if I am going to stick with a 15 second rest, a 10 second rest is traditional. When working in a small space it is impossible to set everything up in advance, it just gets in the way so I have to take things out and put them back in that time window which is a pain. Some exercises are easy to transition between but others require you to get up and down and switch out equipment. I don’t want the rest to be so long that the heart rate goes down but at the same time I hate when I am late to start or have to pause/rewind the video. The first 10 days are 30 second intervals, the 2nd 10 days are 40 second intervals, the final 10 days are 50 second intervals.
Sam has also finished creating a simple HIIT timer. I still have to test out the workouts to see if they are manageable. It is not easy to gauge the difficulty of a workout on paper. It will take several months to test them all out. I may actually film them as I do them and forego rehearsals altogether. I tried to make the workouts as fun as possible while still including a few of my own personal Achilles’s heels. I believe the difficulty is beginner/intermediate. I wanted to create something accessible but challenging. I am planning on filming previews for all 30 workouts so I can demonstrate the moves more consciously and offer suggestions for modifications. I use equipment in the workouts but I wanted to offer modifications for those who do not have equipment. I really wanted the no equipment modifications to be as challenging as the weighted versions. That is not easy to achieve for every exercise but that’s the goal! I also want to present low impact options baring in mind that some people have joint issues and baring in mind that some people have noise restrictions.
I attempted to film the preview for the first workout. The filming didn’t go great. I am a lot shyer than I expected lol See I know what I want to say and what I want to achieve with this but when the camera is on I just sort of blank out. I was hyperventilating before I even started moving around! It wasn’t the exercises themselves that were giving me trouble it was the socializing with the camera. I am also going to have to film in a larger room which means dragging all my equipment upstairs. I prefer being headless in a video but you can’t see what I am doing above the shoulders when standing, so the yoga room is a no go. I haven’t decided what I will do if I ever successfully manage to film these previews. I haven’t decided if I will film a full length workout video. The draw of a full length video is having the benefit of a carefully constructed routine (the preview would give access to the full routine) and the entertainment value of an engaging trainer. My social anxiety covers up much of my personality. Could be that after filming 30 previews I will loosen up. Could be that I just AM painfully awkward!
Funny when I did the test for my Pilate’s certification I was less awkward than I am alone in a room lol I mean I have taught real life classes with real life people why is this camera thing so uncomfortable?