I love to run, take and teach cycling classes, and of course yoga. But, it’s like pulling teeth for me to get into the weight room and do some strength training. Not sure why, but I know that in order to become a better runner, strength training is where it’s at.
That is why I teamed up with a trainer at my new gym to create a different type of strength training routine. I didn’t want to walk in and do bicep curls – I needed some plyometrics, lower body, posture, and core work. Well she delivered! And our workout yesterday used nothing but the TRX – and woof – I’m sore today
Here are my two favorite moves. They’re meant to give a more explosive liftoff and help with speed. TRX for Runners is where it is at!!!
#1 Squat and Jump
This one looks easy, but in order to keep proper posture and alignment, you really have to work. After you squat back, you jump up and hop forward in one swift motion. Then you hop back and squat again. We did this about 15x in one set.
#2 Lunge and Knee Up
My legs were burning by the time we were done with this move. It helps build the core and strengthen balance as well as the legs. Ways to amp it up are to come down into a plank and then lift your standing leg back to allow feet to hover in plank. WHEW! That progression really worked me!
There were a lot of other moves that we did – but the above two were my favorite and she explained how those TRX moves work well for runners.
If you’re interested in more TRX moves for runners, ACTIVE.com did a nice job putting together a slideshow of different exercises.
HAPPY FITNESS FRIDAY!
What is your favorite cross training workout?