I thought I would take a second today and let you know what I do when Im not running to stay in shape. I am really lucky to have my gym (Health Club at Travis Place) 3 blocks from the office so I can workout on my lunch breaks.
Monday is a tabata class. Tabata is a high intensity work out typically 20 minutes (the class is 45 minutes) 8 rounds. Each round is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for a total of 4 minutes. There is a lot of science and research behind why this method is so effective, but this is not a research paper so ha! Tabata is challenging and works a ton of muscle groups which is why I like it so much.
Wednesday is a hybrid class (45 minutes), really its whatever Amy wants to do that day and most of the time its pretty dang challenging. If I had to describe it, in my head, its close to Cross-Fit but not as crazy. Amy is out on maternity leave though so we shall see what the new instructor has in store. This class is great for me too because it works all the muscle groups too.
Friday is yoga class (45 minutes). Im not even going to lie, I LOVE yoga class. After a week’s worth of challenging my body, this yoga class is perfect. I have only been to this class but I think there are many different types of yoga class. The one on Friday is mostly stretching with a little strength. The reason I like it so much is this class helps with the sore muscles and gets me ready for my weekend run.
If you have never worked out in a group fitness class, you should. I love the energy and slightly competitive nature from the class. I push myself harder when Im with other people than by myself. It also keeps me accountable because I see the same faces week after week, and lets be real, we all notice when someone is missing.
I used to only run and that was fine but I never really saw any definition in my muscles or felt strong. Adding in the strength classes on Monday and Wednesday and adding in what I was missing and Im slowly starting to see muscle definition. While there are plenty of days I dont feel strong at all, I know I have come a long way from when I started 2 years ago. I believe there is a lot of value in cross-training and not just running. While running is awesome and a great challenge, there is something altogether great about being able to do 100 push-ups. Strong is Sexy 🙂
CHIME IN!! Do you cross train, run, sit on the couch and laugh at me running in the heat?!