I'm officially injured. And it comes at a time of year that is good in the sense that I don't have any races planned, but bad in the sense that I need my running to keep my mind happy during the winter days. At any rate, I'm taking a few days off as my IT band is becoming chronic, and I'm trying to find an appropriate treatment provider to work on it. In the meantime, I'm cross training to attempt to maintain some fitness. Weights, yoga and fitness dvds are my standbys right now. I want to share my new favorite workout with you.
I won the Marta Montenegro Method 3 DVD set from Brooklyn Fit Chick, check out her blog HERE. I am particularly fond of the Strength and Endurance dvds, each of which contains three workouts. The workouts are about 20-25 minutes long, which makes them easy to fit in during a busy day. They are tough! The first time I did the first of the Strength workouts, my glutes were so sore I was feeling it for four days! You will need a light pair of free weights for this workout (I've been using five pound weights). The first Strength workout focuses on arms, the second on legs, and the third on core. I would compare the Strength dvd to Jillian Michael's Shred, only more challenging. Also, I have to admit that I like Marta's calm, matter of fact persona better than Michael's in-your-face attitude. The Endurance dvd workouts are also extremely challenging - they will get your heart rate up within seconds of getting started. I particularly like that they involve plyometrics (movements of jumping expulsion) which help build speed in runners.