My Weekly Schedule:
Monday: Strength Training & Pilates
Tuesday: Yoga & Run
Wednesday: Strength Training & Pilates
Thursday: Yoga & Run
Friday: Strength Training & Pilates
Saturday: Long Run
My strength training consists of mostly upper body work. With my recent shin splint issue, I have added a few exercises with resistance bands to help keep my shins strong. I have a routine I go through with each workout. It never changes. I add weight or reps as I get stronger or in the case of reps, if I have more time to workout!
|Received this when I bought my weight bench at Target.|
|My various weights, resistance bands, an 8lb. medicine ball & yoga block|
Also part of my strength training day is a session of Pilates which usually lasts about 45 minutes. I do this right after my weight routine. I swear by Pilates if you 1) want to help with back pain and 2) if you want abs! Mine are pretty tight - just gotta lose the layer of "fat" to reveal a little more! Who doesn't, right? One caution with Pilates though is that you must use proper form or you will hurt your back! I started with the basic Windsor Pilates DVD and added a few extra moves over the years. The DVD explains proper form and after doing it so many times you will start to hear her voice in your head even when not using the DVD! I basically memorized the routine but also wrote down the moves just in case I forgot.
|How my obsession started!|
|Great book for really understanding Pilates|
This is the one area where I need more consistency! I have been told by several sources that yoga is the perfect compliment exercise for runners. There are books, DVDs and recently I have even seen classes that are offered that are all named some variation on "Yoga for Runners." I have been doing yoga for almost 20 years! I jumped on the bandwagon in my late teens and never got off! I started with a VHS tape at home and went to a few yoga classes at my local YMCA. Recently, I have attended a few classes that are offered for free at my local Lululemon store. These have been really fun because they host a different studio each month so you can try different types of yoga to see which you like best. It also introduces you to local studios and teachers in case you decide you really want to attend classes.
I have used the same video for years. Again, I have memorized the entire routine so I no longer use the video.
|Yea, I know - Kathy Smith? It's a good video though!|
|My Yoga Playlist|
|Great app for pre & post run yoga guidance!|
|Great Yoga workout!|
|Excellent book for learning new poses or refining old ones|
As you've probably figured out by now, almost every workout I do is from the comfort of my own home. I honestly cannot afford to do it any other way. There is no excuse for not working out when you have your own materials right there in your house. And it really is a lot cheaper in the long run. I have built up my collection over the years. You certainly do not need to run out and buy six sets of weights, fifteen DVDs and a weight bench. Start small and build. I do belong to a gym, Planet Fitness, but I use it only for their cardio equipment on bad weather days or for injury recovery. They are really inexpensive and they do not offer classes. I would love to be a member of a big box gym that offers all the latest classes because I think it would be really fun to be able to try them all out. Right now, that's just not in the cards. I'm quite happy with my "home" results though and will continue to work on consistency. It truly is key in getting the results you want!