As you may know, I have been training for the Eugene Half-Marathon in May. Part of my training plan is to do more weight and resistance training. That is usually my initial plan and then I completely drop it and end up just running. I am determined not to do that this time around.
At the same time, I am also somewhat self-conscious about doing body weight workouts at the gym. The gym I go to doesn’t have a lot of space for that because they have more weight training machines. Plus, I really do not like using the gym mats there. As a result, I decided to try to do more workouts at home.
I am a lover of movie workouts especially because I am a couch potato at heart. If you haven’t done a movie workout before it is fairly simple:
- Write out the exercises that you would like to do during the “workout” session. I tend to pick just four to six different exercises because with a movie workout repetition becomes more important than the different types of exercises you do.
- Tie about two to four things that might happen in the movie to each workout. For example, in Toy Story, every time Buzz says, ” To infinity and beyond,” I have to do ten sit-ups.
- Keep in mind that the more movie events or character appearances you put below each exercise the more you will be moving during the movie.
- You can target specific areas like a core workout by choosing only core exercises or putting more of the events under a core exercise than under a leg exercise.
- I usually only do the exercise once per scene, so if the aliens were to appear in a scene and then stay in the scene for four more minutes, I wouldn’t have to keep doing the exercise. I would just do the exercise once and then do it again when they appear in a different scene.
- The final rule is always to have fun and to remember that if a workout is too strenuous, you definitely can just set a time limit. Often, I just do 45-60 minutes of a movie workout, because I am pretty tired by then.
Now, to make things more geeky I decided to add a theme to the movie workouts I create. I wanted to run through the Pixar movies in order to give myself an extra challenge. As a result, our first movie workout that I created is for Toy Story.
If you feel inspired then I definitely recommend creating your own movie workout, or if you are looking for a fun, full body workout, feel free to follow the one that I made.