It’s not a secret that cross-training (biking, yoga, strength training etc) can help your running performance. At the outset of my half marathon training, I was really good about getting to the gym once or twice a week to “pump iron” or hit the elliptical. But as the weather got nicer, those gym trips became more sporadic, and then stopped altogether. I realized recently that the only “cross-training” I’ve been doing for the last two months is riding my bike to and from work. While that’s great, and certainly better than nothing, I could probably benefit from doing some strength training too.
I have had a membership at the local Planet Fitness for a while, but it’s just far enough away that Ben and I find it a pain in the butt to get over there. And as I’m sure you know, PF isn’t exactly the cutting edge as far as gyms go–weights, a circuit training area, and cardio–not terribly stimulating. So basically, I’ve been paying $10 a month to NOT work out.
The good news is, through my job I can get a discounted corporate membership with a local fitness company that has FIVE different locations in the area. For $40 a month, I have access to all 5 facilities, which include:
- Lap Pools
- Aqua Classes
- Indoor track (!!!)
- Les Mills
- Hot tub
And more! So, I finally bit the bullet and signed up. One of the locations is about a 5 minute walk from my office, and one is halfway between Ben’s parents’ place and my office. I’m really excited about the opportunity to try Zumba and Body Pump, and have access to an indoor track for speed work and rainy day runs. I’m also hoping the fact that I’m paying significantly more per month will force me to actually go a couple of times a week. I guess we’ll see about that!
I’m really excited to see what kind of impact additional cross-training will have on my running. Before we left Massachusetts, I was attending several strength and conditioning classes a week in addition to running, and I was really strong. I’ve already talked a bit about how I’ve gained some weigh since moving back to Vermont (and no, it’s not muscle, trust me), so I’m hopeful that mixing up my routine will also help me get back to where I started weight-wise.
Do you have a gym membership?
What’s your favorite form of cross-training?