Lately, I have been trying to focus on getting strong and toning up my entire body. I want to be stronger before fall marathon training begins in a couple months so I’ve been trying new workouts. Last year I felt like I didn’t have the time or the energy to properly strength train and it really affected my running, so this time around I am trying to be proactive.
The goal is to complete shorter workouts on easy run days and devote one day to strength training. This will probably change later on, but for now it seems to be working.
Today I thought I would share some workouts with you that I am currently loving or really excited to try. The best thing about these workouts is that you can easily add them to your regular routine on your easy run days or days when you just want a little bit more of a boost.
- Tone It Up Kettle Booty. I did this workout for the first time last week and love it. I really like that it is challenging, but not so hard that I want to stop or can’t complete the exercises. It’s also the perfect length to add to an easy run day or you could do the whole workout through three times for a serious burn.
- Tone It Up Love Your Body with Yoga. I usually just do yoga on my own without the help of a video, but I really enjoy the progressions of this one. It is a little less than 20 minutes, so it’s the perfect post workout stretch or before bed routine. The progressions are relaxing, but still challenging.
- Barre 3 DVD. I have been crazy about this DVD for over a year now and have just now added it back into my routine after a hiatus. Barre is a great compliment to running and the routines on this video are awesome. They are about 30 minutes each and a lot of fun. The best part is that you just need a yoga mat and a chair to complete them. All the moves are just body weight training, but the burn is perfect. This is a great introduction to the concepts of a barre workout.
Currently Wanting to Try…
- Blogilates 3 Minute Turbo Series. The series includes lower abs, toned arms, sleek & slim legs and more. I haven’t tried any of these just yet, but want to work on adding in one or two of them on easier running days. I love the idea that the videos are only 3 minutes long and everything is pilates based so it’s a lot of body weight training. Like most people I sometimes find it challenging to commit to a 30 minute session after completing a run, but this series is great because each workout is only 3 minutes long. Who doesn’t have 3 minutes?!
- Blogilates Wake Up With Me Workout. This is another workout that I haven’t had time to try just yet, but want to try. I think this would be great on my active recovery days because it’s less than 10 minutes long, but the exercises are set up to energize you and get you moving. A lot of these moves help to strengthen your body, but aren’t so taxing that it would be too much to do on a lighter day.
- Tone It Up Best Triathlon Training Series. While I’m not training for a triathlon anytime soon, a lot of the muscles groups used for swimming and cycling are the same as running. I love that the strength routine and stretch routine are designed specifically for those disciplines. I am anxious to try out a couple of these and report back.
I hope these workouts have inspired you to try something new. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. We all want to see progress and look forward to our workouts. I can’t wait to try out the bottom half of this list and let ya’ll know what I think.
Today I am linking up with Amanda over at Running with Spoons. Happy *almost* Friday!
Have you tried any awesome workouts lately?
Would you rather workout at home or at the gym?