Hi Hungry Friends! I'm back this week with something I haven't shared in a long, long time: a new strength workout. Specifically, a upper body and core strength workout! Part of the reason I haven't shared a strength workout in a long time is because I haven't done strength workouts consistently since ... well honestly, I can't even remember when! And by that I mean, I haven't been working with weights in the gym because while we were in NYC I chose to save money by not having a gym membership and focusing mainly on running workouts and bodyweight strength workouts that I was able to do at home without any equipment. Lower-body strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, etc.) was definitely a big focus for me during half-marathon training through the first half of this year, but with that, I definitely neglected my upper body strength. But now, our new apartment complex has it's own gym and you can bet your butt I've already taken advantage of it and I'm super pumped to get back to a true total body workout routine and some classic strength training workouts like the one I'm about to share here.
I hope ya'll are ready for some cross training, because I've got three EPIC equipment-free strength workouts for you to add to your summer strength routine.
Alright! So this is the final phase of my 12-week weight lifting program. When you pick up this phase you should be starting out your ninth week of the program. That means, your weights are getting even heavier and you're performing even less reps for each exercise.
Hello Hungry Readers! How are you? Sorry, I've been relatively quiet since sharing my favorite Super Bowl Snacks earlier this month. (If you haven't tried making those sweet potato bacon bites yet, well I highly suggest you get your butt in gear and whip up a batch. You will not be disappointed.) Anyway, moving on to the core purpose of this post: to share the next stages in my 12-week weight lifting plan with you.
Ever since I finished the marathon in November, I haven't been much into running. This is mostly because I've been lifting a lot of weights. And after I came across and began this 12-week weight lifting program, I got really into spending my time on strength training. I enjoy little bouts of running here and there, but for the most part, I think I might have exhausted my capacity for distance running; at least for the time being. (After all, I was just on the phone with Mark and I did mention that I've been itching to sign up for a half marathon. But that won't happen until after we move and we're all settled in.) Right now I have a gym membership with LA Fitness, and instead of spending hours on the treadmill there, I've been finding more enjoyment in the weights section. Picking things up and putting them down, if you will.
Hello Hungry Readers! I'm excited to share that today's post comes from fellow health and fitness blogger, Kaitlin Gardner. Kaitlin blogs at AnApplePerDay.com. She writes to further her passion for a family-friendly, green living lifestyle and she is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature and she is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life. Today on Hungry Runner she's sharing some of her cross training tips for runner! Image via CC BY-SA 3.0 -Cross Training Workouts For Runners- You’ve been running for several years, and have decided to take it up a notch; maybe it’s time to train for a long-distance race? Yes, the eventual goal for most runners is to run a 10K, or a half or full marathon, but it won't happen overnight, go slowly and train in stages. As you delve into the world of running more and more, you'll start to hear a lot of talk about cross-training, and how it can help your running. So what is cross training, and how does it help?
Image courtesy of Shay Kostabi As you may have noticed, I've been talking plenty about marathon training lately (are you tired of hearing about it yet?), but I haven't had much of a chance to talk about some of the specifics, like my strength training workouts, which are just as essential as any other part of the program. Remember, strength training is important, not only because it will make you a stronger, faster runner but it will help you to prevent injury, too. Strength moves like lunges, mountain climbers and abductions offer an opportunity for you to move your joints and muscles through different planes of motion, which helps to counteract the repetitive motion of running.