Just do it… in public

I’ve never really gotten into video workouts. I mean, I’d so much rather go to a class. I like the accountability, the energy, and, mostly, somebody telling me what to do. At home, with just me and the computer screen, it’s so easy to get distracted. There’s always laundry to be done, a snack to be had, and a million other micro distractions that somehow get me pressing pause, moving on, and forgetting all about my 7 minutes to fab abs.

bosu side plank
A rare home workout.

Since getting to classes is a lot harder these days, I’ve had to push myself to get creative and step outside my tried and true. To find a new tried and true, if you will.

Last week’s challenge with the Runtastic fitness channel helped me rethink video workouts, and approach them in a new way.


Right off the bat they were easier to get into than other video workouts I’ve tried, because I know and love Lunden – the instructor – in real life. So I pretended that I was right there in her class instead of separated by a whole ocean and, of course, a screen.

Photo: @lifelikelunden

I also, by complete accident, figured out how to get around the distraction / lack of follow through. One of the days of the challenge required a pumpkin, and yes, I could have used the spaghetti squash at home, or some other heavy object, like, ahem, a baby, but I had this vision of how much better the pictures would turn out with an actual pumpkin. Plus, I hadn’t carved a jackolantern or anything this year, so I had an itch to get seasonal.
Off we went to Whole Foods to get a pumpkin. The original plan was to bring the gourd home, but in the spur of the moment, I decided to work out in the Whole Foods pumpkin patch.


Right in front of the main store entrance. It was like performing for the whole parking lot, something I usually feel kind of awkward about doing. (Somehow having nathan there to take photos made me feel less awkward. Like the fact I had a paparazzo somehow validated my strange public workout).


Anyway, the point of this is, I realized that having an audience made my ego kick in. I was so much more motivated to finish the whole thing, and to have good form while I was at it. The shoppers that day were my unwitting accountability partners.

Even though none of them stayed to watch (thank god!) so really, I could have crapped out early and no one would have been the wiser, just the mere fact of having an audience made me not want to look like a wuss or a quitter.
So there you have it: my own personal recipe for being successsful with video workouts. It’s super easy; just remember the three Ps.

  • Pumpkin
  • Public place
  • Paparazzo
Another public workout… in the Las Vegas airport!

The other workouts are great, too, so if you want to skip the pumpkin and do a body weight workout, try this video or this one!

This post was sponsored by Runtastic. Alll opinions and recipes are my own! 🙂

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