2013-10-07

Workout Of The Day

After a fun-filled weekend, it's back at it. The last week or two have been very encouraging for me. For the first time in a long time, I'm feeling pretty excited to get out and run again. I haven't felt this way for a long time, so I must be doing something right. 

Despite the fact that strength training is not the emphasis of my workouts these days, it's important not to neglect it because running is simply a lot more difficult - as are many other things - when your muscles disappear. So if you're working out along with me, take care not to let your strength training slide.

The idea we're aiming for here is to engage in some productive strength training about three times per week, with emphasis on the abdominal and back muscles, shoulders, and triceps. So today's strength workout is as follows:
  • 30 standard push-ups
  • 30 diamond (or "triangle" or "tricep") push-ups
  • 30 hand stand push-ups (against a wall, if you're like me and can't do a handstand)
  • 30 hanging leg raises
  • 15 hanging torso-twists (per side - total of 30)
  • Standard plank (max isometric)
  • 3 x 11 pull-ups
The astute among you will have noticed that this workout can be done as a circuit of 3 supersets (push-ups, abs, pull-ups). Feel free to do it either way is comfortable to you.

Once you've finished, head out for a 40-minute run.