We will start off your Friday morning with a picture of the Brooker after a long nap (the beach is exhausting) and a long bath (she really loves her baths).
Last night was my last dinner with Billy for THREE weeks. Don’t be surprised when I am telling you over and over again that I miss him over the next three weeks. I warned you. We had grilled bbq chicken with cheese and spinach sandwiches, carrots and corn.
Dessert. You see, I don’t really love Oreos. They are good but I would much rather have a giant soft/gewey/lots of chocolate chips cookie.
Billy’s dad gave us a pack of MEGA stuff (even more frosting than double stuffed) Oreos and I can’t even believe how delicious they are. Plus I think I like the Golden kind better than the classic kind.
Interesting stuff, I know.
A reader asked me to do a post with a review of all the different cross-training workouts I have tried! Brilliant idea because I really love running but I really love cross-training too and I would love to tell you what I think about everything. In the comments you can review the different cross-training workouts that you have tried so that we can have an awesome resource with lots of different reviews!
Spin- I have been teaching cycling for 7 years now. For many years I was teaching 4 classes a week but now I am teaching 2 a week. This comes in 2nd place to running as my favorite workout. There is just something about the loud music, the intensity (sprints and hill climbs are no joke) and being in a class with other spin lovers that makes me so happy. I really think that spin helped me get faster for the marathons that I pr’d in but that is just my opinion.
Make sure your bike is set up properly to avoid injuries (my body changed after having Brooke so I wasn’t set up properly when I started again post-Brooke which contributed to my IT Band problem). If it is your first time going to a class, go early so that the instructor can help you out! I wrote a post for spin instructors HERE.
Rowing- Honestly, this has turned into one of my favorite workouts. I am not getting to the gym as much as I would like to right now but anytime I go to teach spin I try to get in at least 15 minutes of rowing before class. I was doing 10,000 meters (took me about 47 minutes) very consistently for about a month and I felt like my core was stronger than ever. Rowing is an incredible total body workout and I definitely get my favorite little endorphin high afterwards. I bring my wireless headphones and set up netflix on my phone to watch something while I row and that helps with the boredom. I talk ALL about rowing HERE!
Jillian’s 30 Day Shred- I have been doing this DVD for years. Sometimes twice a week and sometimes twice a month but overall I have done it a ton! I love it. It flies by. You get in a lil’ bit of cardio (especially the level with the mountain climbers!), core and strength training in 20 minutes. I love that she combines moves (i.e. squats and overhead presses) to make sure you get the most for your time. Each level feels very different to me and the first level is easier than the other two (for me) so I like to be able to choose how hard I want to work and then choose the level accordingly. All you need is a pair of dumbbells.
Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown- Another classic for me and super short! For some reason Jillian motivates me and I feel like I get a really good stretch and some of the moves she throws in there are great toning moves!
Elliptical- This is something I haven’t done for a while. I used to live on this thing and you get what you put into it. There were some days that I took it so easy that I didn’t even work up a little sweat and some days that I would include speed intervals or high intensity and ended feeling like I got a killer workout. Key word: Distractions. Magazine, tv and music. My elliptical tips are HERE!
Stair Climber- I always do the fat burner mode at level 12-14. I like this mode because of the intervals that it has programmed into it. The stair climber is a ‘sweat in my eyeballs’ kind of workout and I usually only last for about 20 minutes because it is so hard for me.
Pump- I LOVE this class. Strength training is hard for me so having an instructor to motivate me and other class members around me working hard makes an hour of lifting go by so quickly. This reminds me, I need to go more often. I love the music, the combination of moves (they are not complicated!!) and how I am sore after every single class.
Zumba- Taken only a few classes so I can’t say too much about it but it is a good time. I have gone with my sis a few times and it is a great way to switch things up, learn something new, work up a sweat and feel like you are partying.
Runner’s Core DVD- 11 minutes long and I felt like it was really effective the first few times but my body adapted to it really quickly and so it doesn’t feel like much anymore. Maybe that is because I am still on level one, maybe I should get the one with more levels.
Swimming- During my femoral stress fractures I really got into running and pre-blog I used to do sprint and olympic triathlons. Another incredible total body workout and so easy on your joints/body. If I get really into swimming again I will get the Garmin Forerunner 910 XT to keep track of my laps/pace/time because it is so hard for me to keep track and I love workout stats. Underwater iPod made it so much more fun. I always stick to freestyle but I also used pool toys like THESE to change up the workout. Great article here on how to do the freestyle stroke.
CrossFit- I have tried this a few times and I absolutely love it. Only problem is that my wallet does not love it. The workouts seem short but each time I felt like I used every single muscle in my body. The community feeling of CrossFit is awesome and really makes you push a little harder!
Aqua Jogging- Incredible workout but also incredibly hard to get myself to do it. It is hard for me to keep Brooke entertained in the stroller while I do it and I can’t get myself in the pool when it is early or after Billy gets home very often but when I do I am always amazed at how effective pool running is. I go more in to details about how to do it and what jogging belt I use in THIS POST. I get my pool workouts from here! It definitely can get boring so get a waterproof iPod, drag a friend along with you and do INTERVALS. This is the best way to maintain your running fitness during injuries.
Iron Strength Workout- I have only tried this workout once but oh my goodness it is tough. Like really tough. It is free and it offers videos with DETAILED instructions on how to do each move which is something I really need.
8 Minute Abs- I do this little workout almost every day. I have never really been in to core work until I got my running coach but now I am hooked. This is a ‘short, fun, effective workout:)’ and it really does burn. My neck was really sore the first 2 times I did it but after that my abs were the only things sore. 1-2 times a week I will do it twice in a row to make it really burn.
MY GEAR PAGE includes links to the workout DVDS and accessories that I use for some of these workouts!
What are some of YOUR reviews of different cross-training workouts that you do! Please add some in the comments because I want to learn what you do and what you think of it!
Thoughts on Oreos… double stuffed? Golden? Classic? Birthday cake?
Any class at the gym or new workout that you have really been wanting to try?