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How to Turn a 6 Year Old into a Personal Trainer

February 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today I got to take care of “Le Petit Prince” while mommy was out of the house. “A perfect opportunity for a bike ride,” I thought, but he had other plans. “I don’t want to play in the basement daddy, I want to spend time with you!” How can I deny such a request? The solution, I thought, would be to workout together.

“How would you like to play Wii Fit while I ride my bike trainer?” I said, and the deal was made. Little did I know what was in store. After riding for 15 minutes or so I realized that the games he was playing on the Wii Fit all lasted 30s-3min, a good timeframe for intervals. ¬†When he chose timed games I decided I would drop into top gear and do standing intervals for the time that his game took. This involves standing on the pedals with fairly high leg turnover as I don’t have a lot of resistance on my trainer, in other words, a quad killer!

There was a turning point in the workout, where I ceased calling the shots and I let my son unknowingly choose my fate. That point was the “Table Tilt” game. For those of you unfamiliar with Wii Fit, the table tilt involves the user standing on the balance board and shifting their center of balance around to roll balls into holes in the virtual board. The key to this is that for every level the user passes 30 seconds are added to the countdown. I had not counted on this, and it was around level 5 that I realized I may have bitten off more than I could chew. With each passing level I exclaimed out loud my displeasure with the situation, and that only elicited laughter from my son as he tried even harder to pass the level and add another 30 seconds of pain to my workout.

Between each game there was never quite enough time to recover, and I realized that he was pushing me harder than I would have ever pushed myself! Even games like ski jump became difficult as I furiously pedaled “down the ski jump” with only brief breaks in-between. By the time he was done playing an hour had gone by and my legs had turned to jelly. Best of all, both of us had had fun exercising together!

Next up I will be trying rollers for the first time, and I hope to document the hilarity of that with some video evidence! Keep checking back, or even better subscribe to my blog via the link at the right!

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