Posted by michael stanwyck : Thursday, Nov 29, 2012
I like to play games when I want to get myself to do something that might otherwise take effort. Why? Because playing a game is more fun than not playing a game! For example, last year when we had to sign 500 holiday greeting cards, me and Andy would time ourselves to see how fast we could sign 20, or when I get stuck in traffic I'll turn off the main road and see if I can find a way home that I haven't found before. Sometimes it takes longer, but it's much more fun than just sitting there! See, the end product isn't different, but the getting there is much more interesting.
Going into the Holidays, when I know things are gonna get crazy with time (work, shopping, celebrations), and food I want to make sure that I keep the machine running as smoothly as I can. So I made up a game. My programming started this week and my game is to see how many of my own workouts I can do in class (see, games aren't complicated). There are 4 weeks this time, 20 workouts, and my goal is to do them all (I tend to get a lot of flak for not doing my own programming).
The thing that works about a game is that you say, for no reason, that one thing is more important than another (getting the ball in the basket is more important than not, not getting tagged is more important than getting tagged) and spend the duration of the game playing for what you said was important! It's gonna be so much fun when I get to December 21st and have done all of them. Kind of like crossing the finish line of a race.
So when you don't know how you're gonna get there, make a game. You get what you want and you get to have fun doing it! Anyone wanna join me?
Thursday's Workout (CAP)
10 Pull ups
20 DB Push Press (45/25)
...and coming Friday (NO CAP)
Squat Clean 3-3-3
5 Rounds for time of: