How I lost weight using my Octane Fitness elliptical machine!
I had always been a larger guy as an adult and through most of my youth. I also have always been lazy when it comes to exercise and really have no interest in sports. For the past 5 years, I traveled for work and flew as much as 175,000 miles in a year and ate business meals all over the world making me an even larger guy. About a year ago, I boarded a flight and the flight attendant handed me a seat belt extension without me asking for it. I glared back and said, “I don’t need this angrily, and the flight attendant apologized but I did need to recline the seat just a hair to get the seat belt on and realized that I had no clue how big I had become. It was a 15 hour flight and when I bent over I blew out the seam in the seat on a pair of 44 inch pants and the rest of the flight flight I wore a blanket over my pants to avoid further embarrassment and decided it was time for a change.
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Nike+ FuelBand ($150)
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I’m excited to share with everyone my favorite workout program on my Octane elliptical machine – the 30:30 interval program. Just like everyone else, sometimes it’s hard to push myself when I’m working out at home. Sometimes it’s because I’m watching my favorite re-run of Sex in the City and I get distracted or I’m just lazy and don’t want to think about how to push myself on my workout that day. If I’m having one of those days, I change my program to the 30:30.
It’s simple, I put in my max workout time, max level and I’m off. It’s an interval program that kicks my butt and I love every minute of it…well, after I’m done anyways! Check it out below and have fun.
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