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I’m a huge advocate for incorporating strength training into your weekly workouts. I’ve said this before but I actually enjoy strength training more than running. I love feeling the burn of lifting that last set of weights and I love feeling strong. 2020 has been an odd year for multiple reasons, including going down as the one year that I didn’t run any races. I was scheduled to run a St. Patrick’s Day 5K, my first race of the year, but of course that was in mid-March so it was cancelled. I also don’t anticipate running any real races this year (except maybe a local Turkey Trot). Since I’m not focusing on training for any races, I’ve spent more time doing cycle and strength training. Not only do I feel stronger, but my body has changed as well. I try to incorporate strength training 4-6x a week and here’s how I do it.
Peloton Bootcamp Classes
Peloton Bootcamp classes are my favorite way to get in a mix of cardio and strength training. I started doing these classes more frequently around March as I found them to be a great replacement for my Orangetheory Fitness classes. Typically I prefer to take 60 minute bootcamp classes (#saturday60) since it equals around 30 minutes of running and 30 minutes of strength training. During the running portions I’m able to push myself harder since they are shorter efforts – same thing for the strength portions. My favorite instructors are Jess and Chase, but there are tons of other instructors to choose from as well.
Shorter Strength Classes (10-15 minutes)
One thing I hear from a lot of runners is that they don’t have time for strength training, or they don’t feel like doing it after completing a run. Strength training doesn’t have to take a long time – shorter classes are also great too. Have you ever done a 10 minute core or arms toning class? Trust me, that’s all you need! If you find yourself short on time, I would recommend doing a 10 minute strength class a few days a week. It’s a great way to get in at least 30 minutes of strength training a week.
Of course I had to include my OTF classes! These classes are temporarily 45 minutes long, instead of 60 minutes, but they still pack a punch! Similar to the bootcamp classes, these classes are equal parts cardio and strength. I also love these classes because the coaches will come around and correct our form. If I’m doing something wrong, I make a mental note of this so that I can make sure I do the move properly at home if it pops up in a bootcamp class.
Tell me: Do you incorporate strength training into your weekly workouts?
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