Every once in a while, someone sends me a workout challenge that I love so I much I have to steal it. Reader Ed, wrote in about his recent “coin flip” workout bonus. It’s basically Two-Face’s challenge with the Joker in the dark night, but with fitness.
In the words of the Joker, its a way to “introduce a little anarchy” into your workout.
Here it is:
An example: I was in Greece in April, with my wife’s family, it’s warm but the Med is cold, after alot of wine/ouzo and food I insisted on an evening dip in the sea, it wasn’t warm! I went back to the in law’s house and took an unheated outside shower. after 5 minutes, I tossed a coin, I lost, I stayed under for another 5 minutes, I tossed a coin, I lost, I stayed under for another 5 minutes.
I tossed the coin again. I lost again. Luckily I recognised I was now borderline hypothermic and got out. I wrapped up and went to bed, my body was seriously cold several hours later, my wife was not happy!
Joel’s note: please don’t die of hypothermia.
I use the coin toss with all my workouts now, if I have 4 sets planned , I toss a coin at the end, it’s it is heads, I win a bonus extra set, if it is tails, I lose and go home.
I think it important to accept discomfort and unpredictability as normal and accept “unfairness”. I wasn’t particularly happy at 0445hrs today after 4 sets, when the coin was “Heads”, but I got that shit done and now today’s 4 set base line is tomorrow’s 5 set base line. The body is stronger than the mind but the mind is easier to f*ck with.
The thing I liked the most about this is that by the end of this, Ed had made the flip. Getting the bonus set was a win. Going home is a loss.
What do you think?
I’ve incorporated this into my sprint workouts recently. It sucks. So naturally, you should give it a shot.
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