The topic this week is:
Ok, let’s be honest. If you are a runner, chances are all you want to do is run. At least that’s how I was until about 6-8 months ago. I wanted nothing to do with crosstraining and I always found a way to avoid it. Until one day, for some reason (not sure why), it was like someone turned on a light switch. I always KNEW crosstraining was important, but I didn’t make it a priority. Then, I attended my first spin class at my gym, and then body pump, and then yoga….and I realized that whoa…there is something else out there besides running??!! WHAT? Don’t get me wrong, my love for running hasn’t gone away, but I have FINALLY come to the realization that it is just as important in training as your run. It’s just one of those things that you “know” but until you are ready to embrace it with open arms, you will put it on the back burner. Well for some reason, I became ready to embrace it and I haven’t looked back. I look forward to my crosstraining every week. It spices things up, gives a change of pace and breaks up the monotony.
So, here are my favorite cross training workouts for the moment!
1. PiYo–totally all about Charlene right now.
I wasn’t sure how intense these workouts would be when I first bought it. And let’s be honest, I’m one of those people who has great intentions, buys the videos and then never does it. I figured that it would be a low key yoga/pilates, non-sweat workout but boy was I wrong. These are TOUGH workouts and so great for your core, which lets face it….a lot of us neglect. This is the ONLY video I’ve been consistent about doing.
2. Spinning— I’ve talked about my love of spin before. I had to take a little hiatus from my beloved Revolve, but I’m back starting next week. I even bought my own pair of clip ins for class I like it so much.
3. Strength training–I started the Run Builder Strength program this week.
I know that strength training is the only thing that really helps me shed the fat. I carry around my excess weight like a spare tire in my belly. If I only can stick to it, I know that I can shed these extra pounds I’ve put on from all of the traveling this past month and some extra marathon training pounds too.
4. yoga— My New Year’s resolution this year was to do yoga once a week. Unfortunately I haven’t been consistent with this, but I am doing it at least every other week. I need to do it more because I still feel like this most days….
I purchased a Living Social deal for a barre studio a few months ago and absolutely LOVE barre class. It is such a great workout for runners and love that it is low impact and strengthens the legs and core! I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!
What is your favorite crosstraining activity?
How often do you crosstrain?