After the first week of using the new Nike Training Club app, I made an uncharacteristic decision. I continued onto week two. Though the workouts proved to be equally, if not more challenging as I progressed, the overall experience was more enjoyable. I didn’t have to refer to my iPod and watch every instructional video like I had previously done because to my surprise I remembered most of the oddly named routines. However, this development was bittersweet. As the workout progressed, I willed myself to forget some of the now second-nature moves, such as the Ski Jump, and was grateful when a new routine presented itself, such as the Burpee to Shoulder Press (a routine I slightly regretted wishing for once I discovered what was actually involved lol.)
Not having to watch all the videos segments didn’t make my workout any shorter but it did make me yearn for quick breaks from the intense (and somehow only intermediate?) regimen. One positive aspect of the video feature is the motivation that comes from watching extremely fit women demonstrate proper technique of the various exercises. I couldn’t help but be convinced that after finishing MY workout, Nike would be begging me to become one of their model/athletes. The competitive side of me kicked into high gear and I subliminally challenged the models, asking if they could complete the full workout alongside me. Instead, it seemed they simply did a few examples for the training video and were done. Let’s be real, I am much more deserving of the toned legs and buff arms. After all, I’m the one with burning muscles and sweat dripping down my brow (all kidding aside, I am available for demonstrations).
When I first began using the Nike app, I’ll admit I was skeptical. I haven’t had much success with at-home workouts in the past. The truth is, I lack a very important skill needed to work out by yourself – motivation. When the tough gets going, I usually give up. This was never the case during team training in high school, but on my own, a different story. However, I’m not alone during this workout. Not only do I have the aforementioned women who I am fiercely competing with, but the instructors also provide reminders and keep tabs on time to help me out. I simply can’t let them down.
Many of my friends swear by workout classes at 24 Hour Fitness or Cardio Barre. Unfortunately, my schedule rarely coincides with theirs and I hate going to classes alone. Completely disregarding the obvious drawbacks of having to drive there and park etc., it is also difficult to find a class you want at the time you want it. Honestly, it never works out. You’re free from 10:30 to 11:30? Too bad because that’s the super-scary fast-paced advanced class led by the intimidating instructor rather than the simple beginners class and vice versa. It’s just not that fun to be on a different level than everyone else in the class, regardless of if it’s too easy or too hard. The Nike Training Club app has proven successful the second week due to its ability to satisfy all my requirements – anywhere, anytime with moral support.
All in all – I feel like I’m on track with my workout and I’m sticking with it. One day, one week, at a time.
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