Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Circuit Training for Runners

Hello y'all and happy hump day!

I wanted to thank those who left comments on my post yesterday with their recommendations of the type of sports bra I should try out. The top 3 suggestions of sports bras to where if you have a big bust were: (1) Panache, (2) Enell and (3) Moving Comfort. I will definitely have to try them out because these babies are getting quite annoying! 

Anyway, today I decided to do some cross-training (my butt and thighs desperately need it!), so I performed a circuit type routine. The routine looked like this:

Erika's Circuit Training Routine:

Round 1:
Burpees
Mountain Climbers
Jumping Jacks

3 circuits of 10 reps the first round, 15 reps the second round and 20 reps the third round. No rest in between circuits. Then, 

Jump rope for 3 minutes and then,
Rest 1 minute

Round 2:
Walking lunges with kettlebell exchange underneath the legs
Pushups 
Lunge Jumps
Inchworms

3 circuits: 45 seconds per exercise with a 15 second break in between each exercise and circuit.

Jump rope for 3 minutes and then, 
Rest 1 minute

Round 3:
Traveling kettlebell squats
Pushups
Step Ups
V-ups

3 circuits: 45 seconds per exercise with a 15 second break in between each exercise and circuit.

Jump rope for 3 minutes and then,
Rest 1 minute

And then a 30 minute run



Cross-training is an important element for running because it targets other areas of your body that running perhaps does not. Also, it strengthens your muscles and helps you become more agile when running. I particularly enjoy circuit training because it's a short and intense workout. It doesn't take a long time to complete, they are very challenging and they are not boring.


Yesterday's Dinner:

Sweet potato, organic chicken breast and bok choy stew made in the Crock Pot (we used Pacific Organic Chicken Broth for the stew)


Breakfast:


Protein shake with frozen organic cherries, one banana and one tbs almond butter (I used Sun Warrior for the protein powder- it's my fav!)


Lunch:

Oven-baked salmon, steamed broccoli and yam and avocado


What type of cross-training do you perform?

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I am grateful for the peaceful
rain showers in Miami today.




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1 comment:

  1. I enjoy reading your blog. Your little boy is simply adorable! I can't believe you are back training. After having my girls I didn't feel like doing anything for months. (My youngest is now 21). My cross training of choice was Body Pump until I could no longer grip the bar due to arthritis in my hands. So now I just use free weights and bands and yoga on my non-running days. My blog is shufflescrapsparkle.blogspot.com if you'd like to read about my running and fitness adventures.

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