So You Think It’s About Running

I’m not going to deny that I think it’s an impressive task when someone tells me they’ve run an entire marathon.  It’s impressive, 26.2 miles of constant motion on your feet.  It’s something I personally can’t even imagine doing myself without a lot of training.

Yet, it still amazes me that most people fall back on running as a form of fitness and as a mark of how much a person is or is not “in-shape” of “fit.”

Women Marathon

I understand the argument that running doesn’t cost much more than a good pair of running shoes as a form of exercise, far cheaper than equipment and a gym membership.  Yet at the same time it doesn’t cost any more than that to do a good bodyweight training program at home either.

Although I think running 26.2 miles is impressive I don’t consider it a check mark on the list of things that classify someone as being fit or in shape, if that’s the only thing you can do.  I classify it as someone who can run 26.2 miles.

In fact I’d be willing to wager a bet that most of the people who can run 26.2 miles can’t even do a set of 15 standard push ups.  Dare I say it, I know.

So here’s the question:  How in-shape can you be if you can’t even do 15 push ups, even if you can run 26.2 miles?

I’m also not going to deny that there certainly are a good handful of avid runners who can do 15 push ups, probably 50, deadlift more than their own bodyweight, do several pull ups, amongst an array of other exercises, and with good form nonetheless.

These folks I consider to be in good shape.

Women Sprinters

In regards to running though, I’d rather be out there doing various sprint intervals, and perhaps an occasional 5K, along with a good weight training program that incorporates a multitude of activities and challenges.

It’s my belief that the same movement pattern over and over again without any resistance training is only beneficial to a certain point.  Not to mention runners as a group (professional and recreational) tend to be injured 80% of the time.  If you broke that down into a single day, the only time you wouldn’t be hurt is less than half the time you’re asleep.  I don’t see the sense in that.

Mind you I’m not saying that all distance runners are weak.  I’m not saying that all non distance runners are cut and defined.

What I am saying is just because you can run, doesn’t mean you are the picture of fitness.

St. Patrick’s Day

To say it’s been a crazy few weeks, is clearly an understatement, no need for excuses though.

I’ve got a great workout for you for March, and because it’s been so long, I’ve actually filmed two workouts for you.

Here’s the first one…

As usual, a full body workout. You’ll want to do descending sets with the first two exercises of dumbbell snatches and band squats. If you’re well conditioned try to decrease reps of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the dumbbell snatches, and then 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 for the band squats.

If you’re less conditioned or just starting off descend your reps by two for the dumbbell snatches. Your workout will look like this: 10-8-6-4-2 for the snatches and 20-16-12-8-4 for the band squats.

Here’s the second workout…

This workout is great because it can be completed in under 20 minutes. If you’re short on time, this high intensity kettlebell complex will ceratinly make you feel like you got your time in for the day.

Set a timer for 30 seconds, complete each kettlebell exercise for 30 seconds. At the end of each round of exercises completed rest for 60 seconds. This kettlebell complex consists of kettlebell snatches, kettlebell push presses, kettlebell swings, RDLs, and burpee deadlifts.

Give them both a try and let me know how it goes below.

January Workout

I hope your New Year is heading off in the right direction.

I waited to post this month’s workout, until the hype of the New Year was out of the way. So now, two weeks in to the New Year, you have a brand new set of exercises to follow.

You have two options with this workout.

You can either do all of the lower body exercise sets back to back and then transition to the upper body exercise sets back to back, or you can alternate back and forth between the two.

Option 1
1a) Romanian Deadlift 3 x 10
1b) Bodyweight Squats 3 x 10
1c) Lateral Lunges 3 x 10/10

2a) Dumbbell High Pulls 3 x 10/10
2b) Pledge Push Ups 3 x 10
2c) Contralateral Planks 3 x 10/10

Option 2
1a) Romanian Deadlift 3 x 10
1b) Bodyweight Squats 3 x 10
1c) Lateral Lunges 3 x 10/10
1d) Dumbbell High Pulls 3 x 10/10
1e) Pledge Push Ups 3 x 10
1f) Contralateral Planks 3 x 10/10

As you progress try increasing the sets, add a few reps, or increase the weight.

Let me know how it goes for you below.