Megan’s company is publishing Chris Powell’s new book, Choose to Lose and Megan is in charge of the PR. So when she partnered with Google Places to set up a promotional workout with Chris last Friday, it didn’t take much for me to say yes to her invite.
It took place at 24-Hour Fitness in SoHo, which made me feel like my gym was a bit ghetto in comparison but I suppose you get what you pay for. Chris showed up with his wife, Heidi. Both of them were the two genuinely nicest people I’ve ever encountered. So nice, in fact, that I couldn’t even hate Heidi for looking AMAZING after recently popping out her third kid!
|Yup, that’s her! Photo via Melissa|
Although it was obvious Chris typically tailors his workouts for the significantly obese, I was able to work on a valuable lesson: Find your “panic breathing” and stay there. Don’t quit when it gets tough.
I’m the queen of thinking I can’t do something if I’m breathing too hard. I blamed YEARS of poor workouts and lack of exercise on “asthma” when it turns out I just needed to keep working on it.
Liz even attested to my excuse in her Tumblr earlier this week.
|Yes, I’m beyond flattered Liz posted about me specifically! Even if it is that embarrassing quote.|
Chris’ workout was tough as teams of 5 rotated through these exercises:
- 75 High Knees
- Burpees with push ups and claps overhead
- Sit ups
- Squat with overhead press
- Rest and cheer
I kept going despite being out of breath and it was one of the first times I pushed through discomfort. He was right, there’s something beautiful about being in that situation because that’s the point where you can choose to keep going and see how much you’re really capable of. 13.1 here I come!
|I promise it’s not the robot! I tried to be coordinated!|
Afterward Chris signed my copy of his book and was nice enough to let me grab a picture.
Definitely glad I went, despite my now-sore muscles that continue to make me feel like a premature grandma.
His diet plan, the 7-day carb cycle solution, sounds very doable and I plan to follow it as best I can afford to. Sometimes the spending diet and a real diet don’t really mesh well but with all of the options he provides, it just might work. Basically you rotate high-carb and low-carb diet days so your body is never deprived of anything but you’re almost always choosing healthier options.
Lucky for you, I have a copy of his book to give away!
If you would like a copy, there are three ways to enter:
1. Be a follower and leave a comment saying you are.
2. Leave an additional comment telling me about a workout that really forced you to push through your “panic breathing” so you could improve.
3. Share the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or your Blog/Tumblr and leave a comment to let me know you did.
Winners will be chosen at random by that random number generator thingy.
Contest ends this Friday at noon (EST) and the winner will be announced on Monday! Good luck!