If you have been paying attention you may also have noticed some themes developing. That was also a conscious decision. I took some advice from a good friend and writer, S.J. Cairns, who scooped the tip from BadRedhead Media's Rachel Thompson (who is also a top-notch person in addition to being über knowledgeable about all things book marketing).
That is not to say that you will not see posts outside of those themes, but it is a safe bet that if you see a new post on the site that it will fit into one of the following:
- Views into the world of a new-to-the-industry writer;
- Communities (neighbourhood, writing, social);
- Creativity (how people find inspiration, what forms it takes, how to recognize it, what to do when it comes to you, the importance of it); and
- Self-Improvement, personal growth, mental and physical health.
As you read a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I started exploring our neighbourhood by walking. Getting our 10,000 steps a day has made a big difference in both our lives but my wife wanted to do more.
So, back in October of 2016, we joined a gym. It was a new "boutique" style gym called Orange Theory Fitness. It was not opening until January 2017 but for signing up early we got special pricing as well as access to sessions before the official opening.
Each class has up to twenty-four participants that are split up into two groups: treadmill and rower and at the halfway point in the almost hour-long class, the two groups switch. Each workout concentrates on either endurance, strength, power, or some combination of the three (or all three). The treadmill folks do interval walking, jogging, or running appropriate for the type of workout that day. The rowers obviously row but also do a selection of cross training exercises, free weights, and TRX.
You wear a heart rate monitor while you workout and your stats are displayed on big monitors in the gym. The goal is to spend a certain amount of time in various zones:
Grey = 60% or less of your maximum heart rateIf you can spend a minimum of twelve minutes in the workout in the orange zone the theory is that your body will continue to burn calories for up to two days after your workout.
Blue = 61-70% of your maximum heart rate
Green = 71-83%
Orange = 84-91%
Red = 92% and up
At the end of your workout you get an email with the number of calories you burned in that workout, the number of "splat points" you earned (1 splat point = 1 minute in the orange zone), what your average heart rate was, and how many minutes you spent in each zone.
|Andrew (5th from the left at the back) and his wife (to his left) at the second|
ever Orange Theory Fitness Guelph (Ontario) location
|April 14, 2017 and moob free!|