Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Domino Effect

I just LOVE the Domino Effect...

The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on in linear sequence.

Last week I mentioned that I went to a boot camp class.  Originally I had asked my daughter & her boyfriend to come try out one class.  Then, I asked them to commit to five.  Then I asked if boyfriend's Mom wanted to come, which she did.  So already there, we have a little domino effect.

Now .... my son has decided he wants to come every 2nd week (mostly with the objective of one-upping his sister's boyfriend, who is also his buddy and they are highly competitive with each other).  Last night he even did a workout at home to get in a little extra training before the next class.  He already plays soccer and is fairly fit, but wants an extra edge. HAHAHA.  My husband has also decided he wants to come give it a try and see how he does.

Boyfriend's sister may also join us as she's trying to get in shape.  Then last night I heard that his family had a little "plank" contest to see who could hold it the longest.  His Dad (age 55, and while active, it is limited to his somewhat physical job and daily walks) held a plank for over 2 1/2 minutes.  Not bad!  I'm impressed.

I get so inspired by this.  And of course when it's people that are so tightly knit in my personal community it's is even more encouraging.  Last night I hit up the gym for my own personal bootcamp type workout (limited to my small gym).  Basic format:

Run 2 min at 7 - 9mph .. increasing 1mph at every 2nd set
Upper Body move x 2 sets alternating with Lower Body move
Lower Body move x 2 sets alternating with Upper Body move
*Repeat above 3 times but change Upper/Lower body moves
1:00 - 1:30 minute plank
Obliques x 15/side
Reverse Curls x 20
*repeat all of above for another set

This workout took me about 45 minutes to complete.  In total I ran 1.6 miles in 12 minutes which is an average 7:30 pace (not that I could hold that up for ANY extended amount of time).

It felt GOOD!  And I felt so pumped afterwards.



Anonymous said...

love it, heidi!
u r an inspiration to everyone!
great job!

Nikki said...

I like that you have so many family and friends doing the class with you now!

Fran said...

I love this Heidi. With so many family attending the class it will almost feel like a personal bootcamp class for just you and the family. It's great that you inspired them to join you and that you get inspired by them.

Syl said...

how great that you have built a community of support around you Heidi. Everyone will benefit in the end. Great work!

Anonymous said...

I love how you have inspired so many people to workout with you -- a domino effect indeed!

Missy said...

Awesome workout!! And amazing that you are such an encourager to those around you. That is amazing!