As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been working with a trainer 1-2 times a week for about a year now. I credit the addition of these workouts to how well I was running last spring and to keeping me sane while I was taking a little break from the roads in the fall. Our workouts are different each week – seriously I don’t think we ever do the same thing 2 weeks in a row. That’s not to say we never repeat a move, but generally not weekly. It keeps things interesting and helps us use/develop all parts of each muscle. For illustration purposes, I’m including pictures of our last 2 Tuesday workouts (sorry, pics of print outs aren’t the best). The first was a timed workout with multiple muscle groups included in each time set. The 2nd was a more “traditional” workout in that each set included just 1 “body part” (i.e. legs, shoulders, etc) but it also included some not-so-traditional moves.
I know strength training is key to successful running and life for me. For too many years I was so focused on cardio, I neglected strength. In addition to working out with Stefani on Tuesday mornings, she writes a workout I do on my own on Thursday mornings (well, most of the time). Thursday is usually a compliment to Tuesday and varies depending on what’s on my running/racing schedule for the upcoming weekend.
What about y’all? Strength train yay or nay?