Are any of you guys cardio-holics like I used to be?
I used to dip into weight-training ruts. I’d put my body through cardio workout after cardio workout without lifting a weight for weeks. I was convinced if I wasn’t spending 45+ minutes with a consistently raised heart rate, I wasn’t getting a good workout.
But NOW, I’ve seen the light! 😉
It started with workout boredom and my missing BodyPump classes from the YMCA in college. I was getting tired of lacing up and hitting the treadmill day after day with no real change-up. SO, I hit a PowerCut class offered by my Y, and I was pleasantly surprised I liked it even more than BodyPump!
So now, I’m strength training (other than the ab workouts I do 5-6 times a week) 3 times a week. And know what I’ve noticed?
When you strength train, you develop FAR less running injuries.
When I refused to strength train for fear I would be too sore to run, I developed an IT band strain, aching knees, and sore hips. Now? Nothin’ (other than my trusty shin splints when I run outside too much)!
So, for all you cardio-driven people out there, try a group exercise class that incorporates weights AND cardio. There are so many out there! Or, download that Nike Training Club App I’m always raving about.
And don’t be scared away by your heavy muscle upping that “number” on the scale. 1 pound of fat takes up to 5 times the amount of space in your clothes than 1 lb of muscle… you won’t regret hitting those weights. 😉
For one of my favorite “runner” total body workouts (heavy on the upper body, light on the legs), click here.
Don’t judge me.
I was very pleasantly surprised by Brad’s choice… eeeven though Brad bores me to tears. “He really does.”
And I do wish he’d stop reiterating everything he says. “I really do.”
And I can’t wait to hear what Debbie Smith has to say about it in her HILARIOUS RECAP. Read her PRE-cap here.
She makes my Tuesdays, I swear.