“Never regret it!”
Those are the three words my swimming friend always calls out as she waves to me, looking back and leaving the locker room. We are both teachers, and it’s usually on a weeknight when most people would just want to crash after running around with energy balls of flesh -- known as children. But we get ourselves to our swim class or lifting HIIT group fitness, anyway. We both leave, always feeling revived and challenged.
The words of a work out partner can really take me a long way even when I’m going it alone, which is most of the time. I generally prefer to work out on my own, actually. It helps to have a training plan to lead me down the pool lane or around the strength machine. Sometimes after a personal training session, I’ll run home and write down what we did. Because practice, practice, practice … I know I’ll never regret.
So recently I’ve focused on getting back into a rigorous warmup before my main set.
Out on the floor I’ll do the following superset, starting slowly but speeding up as my body starts revving up:
But that’s not all. I do it three times over. And, sure, I can hear my brain whisper (just do 1 round, who will know?), but I’ll never regret it, if I go all three!
In the pool, I’ve ramped it up. Instead of my usual 100 free, 100 kick, 100 pull, I’ve raised it to 200 free, 200 kick, and 200 pull. Why? ...Cause I’ll never regret it.
So far, anytime I’ve taken that extra time to go to a fitness class or get myself to the gym on a tiring (or lazy...) day, I can safely say, in the words of my dear swimming buddy, “Never regret it!”