Runners all know that cross training is important. It’s a ticket to potentially staying injury free. Although cross training can injure you, too.
But that pesky cross training just seems to get in the way of running, doesn’t it?
As a runner who struggles with keeping her IT band happy, I do try hard to get my cross training in.
It’s just a wee bit ironic that I say swimming, since it’s been half a year since I swam.
Swimming actually did seem to aggravate my IT band while I was struggling with it this summer, so I stopped swimming. And I love to swim! Just further proof that running is truly addictive — we’re willing to give up all sorts of things so we can keep running!
I won’t be going back to swimming for a while, either. After getting pretty sick after swimming last winter, I decided I wouldn’t swim in the winter, either. I have very thick hair that takes many hours to dry.
Swimming strengthens pretty much the entire body and it’s easy on the joints.
Michelle and Lori, the twins behind Purely Twins, are just geniuses in my book. There are HIIT workouts, bodyweight workouts, total body workouts, kettlebells workouts, short workouts . . . you name it, you’ll probably find it here. Most of the workouts aren’t super long, either.
Check out their recipes, too. Yummy!
Tone It Up
Katrina and Karena are the dynamic duo behind Tone It Up, which I’ve only recently begun exploring.I bought their book when it was a Kindle Deal, and I like that they like to combine strength and yoga, and take a holistic approach to fitness.
I’ve been trying some of their free workouts over the last couple of weeks and I really like them. Enough so that I’ve looked at their DVDs, which, sadly, seem overpriced to me. The good news is that there are plenty of free workouts you can try. They will definitely tone you up, and most of them are 30 minutes or less.
The 10 Minute Solution Series
One of my favorite ways to get in cross training is in short bursts! And the 10 Minute Solution is perfect for that. I often use just one 10 minute segment as a warmup to a longer strength training session.
You can buy them on Amazon, from Collage Video, bookstores, and sometimes big box stores like Target, Walmart, Best Buy. Got a body part you want to work or a type of workout you want to try? No doubt 10 Minute Solution has a DVD for you.
I have been a big Blogilates fan for years. Cassey is just so bubbly; how could you not enjoy her?
All her workouts are free. She sells other stuff that is no doubt what keeps her afloat: gorgeous (but pricey) gym bags, clothes, accessories, and yes, she has a few DVDs, too (which are very reasonably priced).
Most of the workouts are relatively short. They’re broken down by category, but since most are based on pilates, you can expect to work your core whether or not that’s the target of the workout.
These are just a few of my go-tos for cross training. There is so much out there these days, and a lot of it is free!
Do you have a favorite type of cross training?