Since we only run three times a week in the Galloway plan, I have been doing some cross training. From the research I have been doing, there is conflicting information about how helpful cross training is to a runner. From everything I have read, it looks like cross training its self will not make you become a better runner, but it can help you to lose weight, become stronger and improve your cardiovascular health. Sign me up!!!
For cross training, I have been taking a spin class twice a week. In spin class, you ride a stationary bike. The tension in the peddles can be adjusted from easy impossible. The rider can peddle at different speeds. The instructor tells the riders how fast to go and how much tension to us. It can be a killer workout!
On days that I do not run or spin, I do a Turbo Jam or Turbo Fire video. These are great dance/kickboxing workouts instructed by Chalene Johnson. The best part of these workouts, they burn up to 800 calories per hour!
For strength training, I have been doing a workout video series called ChaLEAN Extreme. The theory of the workout is that by lifting heavy weights with fewer reps, you build muscle faster. The instructor, Chalene Johnson (love her!), always repeats the phrase “muscle burns fat.” I am all for that. The workouts are intense, but not to difficult. I will do a full review when I get farther into the program. For more information, on Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam or ChaLEAN Extreme message me.
Some other cross trainings I am looking into is swimming and Zumba. Zumba seems like a lot of fun and is a great calorie burn. Swimming is also a lot of fun and burns a lot of calories, but it can also help to build muscle. Do you do any cross training? What do you do for cross training?
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