I'm working on addressing some of these issues in the gym. This is one place where I really have no idea how to formulate a training plan. I know I like to lift weights and I know the basic exercises that I should be doing as a runner but, there is so much more you can do in the gym and I think it's good to dice up your routine. Your body needs that kick in the pants sometimes to get to that next level of strength or leanness. So I turned to the man that many gym rats have turned to: Alwyn Cosgrove. He designed the workouts in a book by Lou Schuler and Cassandra Forsythe called The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I started reading this on Sunday and to my delight, it's funny and easy to understand. There is a strong emphasis on functional weight training as well as working those lesser known muscles. The workout program in here is a comprehensive one. And best of all, stage one only had me doing 5 different exercises! I was done my main workout in 30 minutes so I got in a good solid cool down with stretching and foam rolling. I like! Of course the first few stages are the easier ones. As the program continues, the stages get a little more difficult. There are 7 stages in total. The first 5 stages are 4 weeks each. Stage 6 focuses on strength building and it will be roughly 5 weeks (I only lift twice a week vs. 3 as they suggest). Stage 7 is 6 weeks if you workout 2x a week. Stage 7 is called the Final Cut. According to the description in the book, it's designed to be "one last assault on whatever body fat you still want to shed." I'm not sure I'll even need to do stage 7 but it might be fun to give it a try. It will all depend on where I'm at in my marathon training schedule. The best part is that this will give me at least 6 months of weight workouts! YES.
I also picked up a couple of other books. One is a guidebook to Paris, which I figured would be handy for our upcoming trip and, the other one that I'm SUPER excited about is the Run Less, Run Faster book that is based on the F.I.R.S.T training program. This will probably be my in flight reading. I'd like to get through it before I actually start training for Boston so I can effectively design my training plan and not wing it like I did with NYC (one more reason I'm grateful I didn't actually get to run it, I'm sure it would have been ugly).
Good thing it's off season. Looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.
|They had me at "Lift Like A Man, Look Like A Goddess" - how could I NOT buy it? ha ha.|
Have you bought any fitness related books lately? If so, what are they?