There's been a veritible cornucopia of articles about romance that raise a stunning amount of eyebrows, induce side eye, and create a wave of eyerolling. But look, eyerolling does not burn enough calories. We can do better. And though the writers of these articles don't seem to be working too hard to reach accuracy, or anything in the same metro area as accuracy, that doesn't mean we get to take it easy. We can take the meandering nonsense of uninformed asshairs and turn them into abs and buns of steel.
NB: I'm not sure why the link doesn't work anymore, but the pinnacle was a recent examination that called romance “light masturbatory reading.” Oh, yeah.
Please note that in most cases, condescension and sexism is presumed but not required. Like the previous workouts, you can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No additional weights are needed unless you want to use some.
Standard disclaimers still apply: although I play one on tv and have a costume lab coat and stethoscope, I'm not a physician. I can recommend books to read but I can't discern your state of health or your physical limitations so by all means work hard but be kind to yourself. To put it another way, ask your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.
I will tell you that you should drink water and read books, but that's very obvious, right? Right.
And yes! By reader request, I have a convenient PDF of all 17 workouts so far. Each page has two images on it, and the PDF is 1.5MB+ in size. You are welcome to print and distribute the workouts, give them as gifts, or use them as bookmarks.
And now, Romance Novel Reader Workout, Part XVI, in graphic form suitable for pinning, sharing, printing, and pointing at!
If you have questions or suggestions for future workouts, please share, either in the comments or via email.
And remember the ferocious yodel of the workout: unless you faint, puke, or die, KEEP READING! AND BREATHING!