The Last Minute of your Workout


So this weekend I had the pleasure of taking my first SoulCycle class with David (which apparently is a big deal!). Now I can totally see what the hype was all about! His class kicked my butt and he was a really inspiring and motivating teacher, just the right kind of person you want in a spin class.

Anywho, David said something during the class that really, really resonated with me and I am totally stealing it to now to share with you guys, but also use at motivation for those of you subscribing to The Skinny Docs. (Subscribers can sign up later this week! Eeee!)

You know around 80-90% through a really tough workout you start to think ‘Ughhh I could stop now…’ or maybe ‘close enough…’ or ‘Noooo! I can’t possibly do two more sets!!!’ Whatever it is you say, I know we can all relate to that end-of-killer-workout feeling. You want to give in early. You can’t possibly run that last mile. Your arms will fall off with one more curl.

At that moment of David’s class he goes, ‘One more minute of this climb. This is ONE MINUTE of your life. You don’t want to regret this minute of your life.’ That’s not a direct quote, but you get the gist.

That’s totally true. I like to think I live my life with no regrets, but that’s not always the case. Aside from one personal situation I can think of, the only thing I really regret are the workouts I give up on too easy. Those days where I only run 5 miles instead of 6. The days I dropped down to child’s pose too easily. The days I went too easy on myself. Do you workouts David-style: no regrets.

When you’re in that minute, remind yourself: you are going to regret giving up. When you’re exhausted and want to quit, picture yourself a couple hours later, when you wish you could go back and push harder. You’re going to regret not going the extra mile. You’re going to regret not pushing yourself as hard as you can. That last bit of your workouts is only a few minutes of your entire life — they are easy minutes to do without regrets. You are in the driver’s seat. You are in charge of your body and your mind and, most importantly, your regrets.

Do life to the fullest. Don’t give up on anything — workouts, dieting, personal decisions — before asking yourself: ‘Will I regret this minute of my life?’

You can do anything for a minute. Make every minute count.

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  • Cassie Vaughn

    I love the feeling of having worked out just hard enough. :)

  • Nicole

    Love the message of this post!! I was exhausted by the end of my rowing workout tonight but powered through….no regrets! :)

  • Ashley @ Married to the Game

    I always want to stop when I only have a little bit left, but I force myself to keep going!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I don’t give up. EVER. Even when I feel crappy, kind of like - RIGHT NOW - I am still trucking! YESSS I AM! :)

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    Love! Thanks for sharing this. It’s so true, isn’t it? :)