Differing methods of fitness training

In many ways, my husband Henry and I couldn’t be more opposite.

  • Henry enjoys watching golf while I am a hockey fan.

His favorite dinner is steak and potatoes while I’m a vegan. Henry drives a huge four-wheel drive truck and I usually ride my bicycle everywhere. Henry consistently chooses action movies while I prefer to watch romantic comedies. My husband is well over six feet tall and weighs over two hundred pounds. I’m barely over five feet tall and weigh a little over a hundred pounds. For all of our many differences, Henry and I get along really good. We both believe in the importance of a fit and healthy lifestyle. Henry and I prioritize our exercise plan, devoting around an hour every morning to physical exertion. However, our approach is completely different. Henry focuses almost exclusively on weight lifting and building muscle. He pushes himself to pump heavier and heavier weights. When he’s not handling free weights, barbells or kettlebells, he’s performing pushups and pullups. I avoid strength training and worry about building too much muscle. I spend the majority of the workout on cardio activity. I enjoy getting my heart pumping and becoming out of breath. I do a great deal of running, both outside and on the treadmill. I’m a huge proponent of the elliptical and the rowing machine. Henry and I are constantly trying to influence each other’s workouts. He recommends different types of lifts that he feels would work well for me. He tells me about the benefits of squats, lunges and chinups. I try to convince him to run or swim with me and suggest high intensity activities. Henry and I both agree on the importance of the warmup, cooldown and stretching to maintain and improve flexibility.

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