Here’s a small secret. I’d love to teach a spinning class one day. Not for nothing, but my class would be amazing. I’d play awesome workout music, I’d spin alongside my class, and I’d make every effort to really get myself and everyone in the room into it. I mean seriously into it. I’d encourage people to grunt, yell, grind their teeth. For those 45 minutes, I’d make them forget who they are. I’d push everyone as close to the edge as I can. And just when they’re about to give in to exhaustion, I’d blast the music louder, speed up the tempo, and start sprinting right beside them. I’d create a frenzy of energy and have everyone in the room feed off of it. I’d flick the lights on and off rapidly. I’d yell at people to spin faster. Anything. My goal would be to work people up into a stupor so they exceed their physical threshold for pain.
For me personally, cardio is 80% mental. There are times I run and I’m so “in the zone” that I don’t feel tired. Anything can get me in the zone. Maybe a song. Maybe I had a good day. Maybe I had a bad day. The point is, every cardio workout should take your body to its breaking point. Make your heart work super hard. Otherwise, you’re just doing a routine.
Today I ran for 30 minutes and got my heat rate up to 179. Not my personal best, but it sure felt great. I’d love to one day help someone else reach that level of energy where the mind takes over the physical and you feel invincible. It’s the biggest rush ever.