I read the most brilliant workout challenge this week on Style By Emily Henderson and I'm stealing it wholesale. Read the details below, and let me know if you want to join - the pot is already up to over $1,000 bucks. FREE MONEY! You just have to work out literally for the rest of your life, a lot!
Deets: Everybody puts $100 (or however much) in a pot, with the deal being you have to work out every week, four times a week for 45 minutes (at one go - like a 30 minute run and 15 minutes of weights is fine, but you can't do 20 minutes of weights in the AM and a 20 minute run at night). You get one 'pass' week, and you can also miss a week if you're sick. But if you don't accomplish those 4 workouts one week, you're out of the challenge (though you could buy back in for another $100 if you really want to). The last person standing (aka, the last person who has continued through all the weeks to do the 4x a week 45 minute workouts) gets all the money in the pot. Long walks do not count as exercises.
Yes, this could go on forever, because I have several insanely motivated and much fitter friends than I that work out at least four times a week regularly, but I bet I can get myself to a solid at least 3 weeks of regular workouts with this competition, and that's worth about $100 to me. Let me know if you want in and I will add you to the Facebook group. We start Sunday, September 18th. I will be the one holding onto your money. Mwahahaha.
Other fitness things of note:
I'm on fitbit, which I find comfortingly appealing. It has made me even more competitive and smug about my workouts, which I did not think possible. Follow me here.
I've found the annoying boutique DC gym workout of my choice, the terribly named Sweatbox DC. I like it because the instructor is, due to a screen that changes color depending on your effort level, able to see exactly how hard you are actually working. At something like Soulcycle (which I never found that good of a workout) I was always like, sure I am turning the effort knob up... looks around furtively, turns effort knob down. But here I know the instructor will yell at me if the screen is not the right color, so I'm going all out. Besides the bike, it also incorporates body weight and TRX stuff, so you get lots of other muscles going on. It is approximately one billionty dollars per class, but they have a $99 deal for 5 classes for September going on, so check it out and let me know if you go.