I’m The Flash. No I’m not one overcoat and a subway shy of a police escort. It means that, according to the Superhero Quiz, I’m “fast, flirtatious and virtuous” – a.k.a. The Flash. I only have two problems with this: a) can one be both fast & flirtatious AND virtuous? They kinda seem to rule each other out. b) I am not a man.
But whatevs. In an effort to get in touch with my inner masked wonder, the Gym Buddies and I have decided to take on the Action Hero Workout for our new experiment. The idea was suggested to me by Reader Leigh Anne (thanks, girl!). When I googled it though, I found several different “action hero workouts” – most of them requiring me to buy a book or a subscription of some sort.
You all know how cheap I am. (True story: I fell in love with my husband when he showed up for our first date with a two-for-one coupon and a warm 2-liter of Coke in his trunk. Nothing says romance like a good BOGO!) So I went with Valerie Water’s Action Hero Workout. It’s free! It’s based on her book Red Carpet Ready which, sadly, is not free. And because I am a total sucker for book reviews and promos I so totally want to read it now. But I’m not buying it… yet.
Valerie Waters is one tough chick. She’s been a personal trainer in Hollywood for over 15 years and has trained some seriously buff clients, usually for action movies. She seems to know what she’s talking about. So, if you are interested in being an honorary Gym Buddy and doing this workout with us through May, then this is where you stop skimming:
Step 1: Do your starting measurements. Whatever it is you like to track – and it better be more than just weight, foo’ – then pinch it, measure it, skinny-jean it. Just do it and WRITE THEM DOWN. Don’t trust yourself to remember them. You won’t. (If you aren’t interested in measuring your progress than this step is optional. I’m serious. It is totally okay with me if you are not as anal as I am. In fact, maybe you could give me chill lessons when this is all done.)
Step 3: Make a schedule. I’m not really sure how many days per week we’re supposed to be doing this or how much/what type of cardio Valerie recommends. All stuff I would know if I bought her book (…must resist temptation…erk..). So I’ll do what I usually do when I don’t know something – I make it up. The Gym Buddies and I will be doing the AHW, alternating #1 & #2, on M, W, F with normal (for us) cardio in between.
Step 4: Get the proper equipment. There isn’t a ton of things required for this workout. If you go to a gym you should have no problem. At home you’ll need at least a resistance band, a set of medium weights and a slick surface. A lot of her moves call for the patented “Val-slide” which appears to be a little piece of slidey plastic. I will be using old towels on the wood gym floor. Not only do I get a good workout, I’m saving the YMCA on janitorial work. Hey hey!
Step 5: Do it! Not to get too Nike up in here but this is a total Goldilocks experiment: Not too intimidating (CrossFit), not too crazy (Monkey Bar Gym), not too hard (Rangers Special Ops), not too easy (Ballerina). (Although you know I love all those workouts!!) This workout is very approachable and doable for every level. So I don’t want to hear any excuses. The only people allowed to whine are those who did the Ranger Special Ops test – and we’ll all be whining for several days at least;)