Physique 57 Has Me Hooked On Exercise

physique 57 challengeIt’s been a few weeks since I started on my month long Physique 57 journey. So far, it’s been a wild ride. At first I was cranky because I imposed this challenge on myself and I wanted to quit. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I was lucky to have this opportunity, but I can be a lazy bones and a bit defiant. I hate when people tell me what to do, even when I’m the person bossing me around. I wanted to spend my indoor time not jumping around and working my fanny. After a few weeks of committed Physique57 fanny shaking, I feel differently.

Exercising alone is hard. A lot of people prefer to exercise with buddies or around people for a reason. Jumping about and stretching on chairs alone in one’s room can feel a little funny in the beginning and it’s difficult to get motivated when no one is looking, but you get hooked. Now, even on my “off” days when I’m not doing Physique 57 videos, I like to take breaks from lounging to do a set of exercises or to stretch my legs on the back of a chair. I wouldn’t be at this point without Physique 57. The hip swiveling moves that embarrassed me at first are now so much fun, that I do them when I don’t have to and insist on showing my friends. I also insist on making my some of my friends feel my muscles, which I’m pretty sure are stronger than they were three weeks ago.

At the risk of trivializing the word addiction, Physique 57 has made me addicted to true exercise again. I don’t just want to volley and goof off if I play tennis, I want to work hard.  Not that I’ve ever been truly inactive–I like to move around and take long walks, but now I really want to sweat and feel burning and tingling in my muscles. Instead of just taking long walks and riding my bike, I want to continue a more regimented fitness routine. Maybe it’s the endorphins, but I think Physique 57 is making me a better person. Once my challenge is over, I’m sure I’ll return to Physique 57 videos to get my fix, but I’ll also implement diligence, repetition and commitment to other areas of my life.

To see more about my Physique 57 Challenge read here!

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    • Samantha Escobar

      Exercising alone is so hard! I get ridonculously frustrated but I think whenever I’ve started an actual self plan, I wind up doing so much more because my effort it increased and I have to force my own accountability.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I can’t say enough good things about Focus T25 – it’s 25 minutes a day of focused strength and cardio, plus about 3 minutes of stretching, 4 days a week and for the Alpha and Beta phases (5 weeks each) there’s a double day on Fridays. I’m almost finished with the 4th week of one of two Gamma calendars, and with mostly doing the modifier moves (there’s a no-jumping, low-impact modifier for most of it) I’m in way better shape than I was when I started. And who doesn’t have 30 minutes?

    • Tina

      If I don’t “buy in”, and innovate my own takeoffs on commercially available mass media or remotely-provided workouts – whatever the actual technology of transmission, it does not work long term for my idiosyncrasies, etc. As for feeling “alone” while doing a video, it’s a little easier if the instructor(s) is friendly, uses a language of immediacy (i.e., “breaking the glass” in video-speak), and can do a sort of read on when the average to high-intermediate type of participant might run out of steam and need encouragement.

      If anybody producing a video is reading these comments, the instructor’s delivery is not even all that important after the first ten minutes of physically active engagement with the practice ..

      Except in the case of perhaps a Jillian Michaels/bootcamp type: Not to my taste, and forget THOSE!!