Do You Work Harder When Someone Is Watching You?

Today I did a push-up variation for my 44.  I used my yoga blocks – 

clearly they don't get much use for Yoga
clearly they don’t get much use for Yoga

I just put my hands on the blocks for the push-ups so it was a very slight change from a standard push-up.


And, I sort of cheated because I counted these 44 push-ups as part of my 50 for the core challenge. (I did the 90 second plank first and then did 50 instead of 44 push-ups.)

Today was the first time in months that I did a Turbo Fire workout and it was so much fun!!  I did Fire 55EZ – don’t let the EZ fool you – this is 55 minutes of high intensity, non-stop moving.  

During the cool down, Chalean made a comment that has me curious.  She said that people tend to work harder in group settings because someone is watching them.

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This statement really got me thinking because I rarely workout with a group – usually I’m in my basement alone either with a DVD or on the treadmill – however, I feel like I put in just as much effort as I would if I were at the gym.

The way I see it, I get up at 5:00 am for a reason!!!

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I don’t want to waste that time putting in a half-hearted effort during my workouts whether I’m running, lifting, cross-training -whatever I’m doing.

I think that this is something I will really focus on for the next few days and make sure that I feel like I’m working as hard as I would if I were surrounded by other people doing the same thing – definitely something to think about!!!

What about you?  Do you work harder when you are in a group setting?

Happy Wednesday!!!


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