Maybe I should practice what I preach about cross-training

I haven’t been to the Y in over a month because I do most of my workouts at home.  But, I need more intense weight training for Tough Mudder than my 20-30 minute home circuit so I decided to start going to BODYPUMP weekly.  I checked the Y schedule that I hung up in my office at work (two months ago, as a way to motivate myself to take the classes), blocked off my calendar so I could get out of work by 4:30, and made it to my 6:00 BODYPUMP class.  This is what I found:

Yep, I was 30 minutes late because I had an old schedule.  Oops.  (also, to be completely honest, I found this picture online – but it happens to be the move they were doing when I peeked into the gym!).  I guess I should have checked to make sure my motivation schedule was accurate.

I took it as a perfect opportunity to cross-train, which is something I always say is important but never actually do.  I started running four years ago and my use of other cardio has been rare.  Last night, I started my cross-training session with rowing 2200m.  Yes, I was secretly racing the lady next to me and she kicked. my. butt.

Next, I moved on to the elliptical.  I haven’t been on an elliptical machine for three years.  I am the first to admit that I am a treadmill snob.  I used the elliptical exclusively unit I got into running.  Then, Treadmill Anna felt bad for Elliptical Anna for wasting all those years on a sub-par cardio machine.  Aww, poor Elliptical Anna for thinking she was actually working out.  :(

The Africa course on the Life Fitness elliptical proved Treadmill Anna wrong yesterday (and I’m going to stop talking in third person now because it is borderline creepy).  It was like I was running hills for 20 straight minutes and, at the end, my  legs were a little wobbly.  I had an epiphany – maybe I didn’t get a good workout on the elliptical because I never pushed myself!  I’m so smart to discover that about 10 years into my exercise journey.

Next, I moved onto the stair master.  Not the kind where you walk on pretend stairs that are about 3 inches tall:

The scary kind that look like real stairs:

After 8 minutes on the Stairmaster, I was sweating like I had just run 5 miles.  I am a sweaty person, so that it A LOT.  Today, I swear my legs are smaller from cross-training.  I guess, rather than talk about the importance of cross-training, I should actually practice it more often :)

Today, we are going to look at a few more wedding venues and then heading out of town so I took the day off to get some stuff done.  That will include my first Tough Mudder workout.  I do these workouts for one minute each, with 15 seconds of rest between each (full descriptions can be found here):

  • Tough Mudder push-up… related obstacle: Boa Constrictor
  • The Fist and the Fury… related obstacle: Berlin Walls
  • Scissor Kick… related obstacle: Fire Walker
  • Bent Rows… related obstacle: Hold Your Wood
  • Dumbbell Side Lunge… related obstacle: Swamp Stomp
  • Push-Up + Row… related obstacle: Devil’s Beard
  • Lunge & Twist… related obstacle: Sweati Yeti
  • Shoulder Press… related obstacle: Cliffhanger
  • Decline Push-Up… related obstacle: Kiss of Mud
  • Quick Feet… related obstacle: The Bastard
  • Tough Chin-Up (I will have to skip these since we haven’t figured out where to put the pull-up bar since we painted)
  • Superman Plank… related obstacle: Greased Lightning
  • Drunk Superman Side Plank… related obstacle: Walk the Plank
  • Angelina Jolie… related obstacle: Ball Shrinker
  • The Tough Squat… related obstacle: Death March
Are you currently training for a race or other event?  What are your big plans for the weekend?

6 Responses to Maybe I should practice what I preach about cross-training

  1. Stair Masters are so scary! I tried it once (when I was in pretty good shape and could do a billion squats) and I thought I was going to die!
    Do you still feel like the elliptical wouldn’t be a good workout?
    I’m training for the Less Rolls On My Torso-athon.

    • I think the elliptical is definitely a good work out, if you push yourself. I’m starting to learn anything can be a good workout if you really push yourself. has really intense 15 minute workouts. Before I tried it, I thought there was no way anyone could get that intense in 15 minutes. I learned (the hard way) that it is possible.

  2. oh my gosh! I have a love-hate relationship with the scary stairmaster! It took me a really long time to work up the nerve to use that machine. It’s intense!

  3. I just signed up for the Tough Mudder event in Vancouver this summer! :D
    I’m not much of a runner, but I rock climb, swim, lift weights, and do martial arts. So I’m more worried about the running than I am the obstacles.
    Time to get my butt in gear and start running! 16km is a lot.

    • Sounds like you have what it takes for Tough Mudder! I read on their website that most people who do Tough Mudder haven’t run more than 8-10 miles before. I don’t do enough weight training so I am very concerned about that part!

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