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The “Wee 3” Workout Series: Ep. 1

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Do you ever learn about something and then keep seeing stuff about it again and again? Like it’s beckoning for attention in this noisy world.

It started during a run of free baseline movement assessments I was offering a few months back. A recurring theme emerged and I began to see so clearly why so many people are struggling to continue what they start. Here it is: Overwhelm!

It can happen in 2 or more ways: a) When you put so much pressure on yourself to succeed at something and/or b) you’re trying to apply everything at once. What happens next is you feel so overwhelmed that you stop before you see any results at all.

WOW! As common sense as that sounds, we often don’t have the perspective on our own lives to realise that’s what’s happening.

Let me ask you this:

Do you ever find yourself feeling de-motivated and not good enough? Do you have a habit of “falling off the wagon” when it comes to exercise, healthy eating or other behaviours you wish to change for the better?

If you said yes, then you will benefit from this message. If you said no, you will still benefit from this because it’s bound to happen to you or someone you know eventually.

It’s been happening to me!

An non-fitness goal I have had for the past YEAR has been to get back to posting regular Youtube videos. But I’d start, then it would be months going by and I’d be making excuses for why “it just wasn’t for me anymore”. But do you know what was really stopping me? I had set the bar way too high for myself. I was comparing myself to 2012-Marianne and was feeling overwhelmed by that comparison. Not only that, but I was adding to my overwhelm by trying to figure out ways to make my videos more engaging and interesting (getting caught up in the details) and forgetting the most important thing: my message.

The whole point of me doing this work: to help others through similar struggles.

So I decided to start “Wee” with a very short, doable workout of only three exercises. What’s funny is that after setting this bar so low, I exceeded my own expectations because I ended up feeling REALLY good about how the whole video turned out. The whole way through this (from planning to the final edit and upload) I was reminding myself that “the enemy of the good is the perfect” so I could overlook the things that may stop me trying at all and made it so easy I just couldn’t “fail”.

This workout concept (1-3 exercises) is for people who just want to get going and stay that way. Making things underwhelming is one way to lower the pressure to be perfect or “do everything” all at once.

Doing enough IS enough.

Welcome to The Wee 3 Workout Series 😀

What you do isn’t as important as turning intent into action. The mantra for this workout is “done is better than perfect” or “something is enough”.

 

The Workout Breakdown

Set your Gymboss Interval Timer for up to 12 cycles of 20 seconds rest and 40 seconds* effort and complete 3 rounds of the following 3 exercises:

  1. Some kind of Squat (bodyweight, box squat, goblet squat)
  2. Side to Side Step Over (or alternating step up, or a flight of stairs)
  3. Single-Leg RDL** (Body weight or weighted, or two-leg RDL or Swing)

* You should increase the rest period AND decrease the effort period if you are a newbie. In fact you can just rest as long as you need so you get a chance to practice the moves without that pressure to move on.

**RDL = Romanian Deadlift (aka Hip Hinge pattern)

Whether you did 1 exercise/activity or all 3, give yourself a huge pat on the back and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for Episode 2 of The Wee Three Workout Series!

Give a wee “DONE!” in the comments so that I can give you a virtual high five!

Now make sure you check out Wee3 Episode 2Episode 3  and Episode 4 by clicking the links.

Cheers,

Marianne

PS – If you buy a gymboss through text or banner links on my pages, I will earn a wee bit of money for that. I have been a gymboss affiliate since 2010 because I loved them then and I love them now. Especially because it one more thing I can operate that’s not on my phone.

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12 Responses

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  2. Shireen says:

    Thank -you!

    This is perfect. I can get through just these three exercises and consider it a win. And if I’m having a really good day combine two “Wee3” workouts and bigger win!

    I totally agree with the others your inner beauty and generous spirit shine through!

  3. […] I posted the first “Wee3” Workout the other day, I have received a load of messages thanking me for this simple idea. I’m kinda […]

  4. Donna says:

    Awesome….Something short and sweet is what I needed today – getting back to the basics!!!
    So you asked for names….some suggestions only:
    * Ski slopes – bunny slope —> black diamonds – as these progress.
    * Baseball progressions – pee wee —>>> minor, major [now that you’re in the US!]
    But I like short and sweet, actually!

  5. terry says:

    Thanks you for posting this as I am feeling blue today.
    I miss not seeing your posts.

  6. Elaine Landreth says:

    Done! (For newbies, RDL, is single leg Romanian Deadlift)

    Marianne, you are more beautiful than ever–your inner beauty shines! And, I personally love the slight sprinkling of freckles on your wee nose 🙂

  7. Perfect! This is EXACTLY what I need! Thank you 🙂

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