I’ve been talking about my running a ton lately (that’s you get when you read a running blog) but one thing I haven’t talked about is my current strength training routine. It’s just an important as my running, maybe even more than important since it keeps me running injury-free, but there hasn’t been much of a focus of it on the blog.
So, what have I been doing for strength training? I’ve been consistent with a single weights workout on the NTC app since the beginning of June and seeing improvements with it! The workout is called “Better Basics” and is a full-body workout that takes about 30 minutes and gets me feeling a pretty good burn by the end.
“Better Basics” has five parts to it and I’ve gotten to the point where I pretty much know what’s coming next so I can focus on my form. The five parts are:
Strength 1 (three exercises back-to-back, followed by a rest and repeated 3 times)
Strength 2 (four exercises back-to-back, followed by a rest and repeated 3 times)
Core (circuit of three core exercises that’s repeated without a rest)
My favorite part about this workout is that you are supposed to focus on your form for each rep so each set is rep based instead of timed. It makes it so much easier to focus only on form and also makes it easier for me to see progress between sessions. The first couple of times, it took me a little bit to figure out which weights to use to challenge myself while getting good form but I’ve been able to up my weights for each exercise in the last couple of weeks.
I’ve been looking at maybe doing a different workout in the NTC app but there’s nothing that’s catching my eye at the moment. I really am enjoying the “Better Basics” workout and the progress I’m able to see over time. Plus I don’t need a ton of space to do any dynamic exercises but my heart rate still gets up pretty high (I should wear my heart rate monitor one of these days to measure it)!
What else do you want to know about my strength training (either current or in the past)? Let me know in the comments and I’d love to talk about it!