Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have someone to hug or smooch on. I will be spending the evening with this fella a little later today…
Those two should really get a room...
Last night I decided to go to my friend Sharanda’s Danceaton
class & then followed that up with Turbokick with Barbara. It was back to back heart pumping fun. It felt good to be back in the gym…I hadn’t done some of those moves in a minute since I’ve been so engrossed in marathon training. At the end of Turbo we did about 15 minutes of abs…lots of crunches, planks and side planks. Core work, just what I needed.
This morning I decided I was up for more torture. I was on a roll for sure. I went to check out an early bird Muscle Blast class at 24 Hour Fitness. I have said it a hundred times, but I really love working out in the morning.
The Muscle Blast class was intense. It was the first time I had gone to a weight lifting class since before my marathon, so it was much needed. We did non stop movements and touched on every major muscle group. After class I had a yummy recovery drink – one of my faves, Dark Chocolate Almond Milk. Decadence.
There are numerous reasons why runners should get their flex on. Here are just a few that I think are important.
If you are new or just getting back into the groove of lifting, here is what has worked for me:
-Start out with lighter weights and work your way up as you get stronger.
-Focus on your FORM…this is way more important than piling the weight on. What is the point of doing it if you’re not going to do it right?
-If you’re taking a class, do not compare yourself to others that have heavier weights…some of them have been taking the class longer, therefore they may have bumped up the amount or bulk of weight they use. Go at your own pace. This is your workout!
-Slow and controlled movements…make sure you are not rushing through reps.
-Don’t forget to smile! It helps me get through the torture.
-Aim to get some strength training workouts in at least 2 times a week.
Here are some great strength moves you can incorporate into your next workout.
What are some of your favorite strength training moves?