Another day, another training workout completed: a 4 mile run this morning with some core work on deck for tonight. Today’s run went sooo much better than yesterday’s. I won’t lie, I was kind of nervous after my run yesterday because it was so hard. I felt like I had zero endurance and had lost all of my speed. Fortunately my 4 miles flew by today and I was decently fast. Not as fast as when I run outside, but my regular running trail looks like this right now:
So I am banished to the treadmill. It wasn’t till I started writing this post that I realized why my 3 miles was so crappy yesterday….I did my run right after a tabata workout!! Duh, all of my strength and stamina had been sweat out already….and this is the way it should be. If you can pound out an easy 3 miler after a tabata session then you’re doing it wrong. Tabata workouts are designed to be short, but extremely efficient calorie-torching sessions. You should work out as hard as you physically can during tabata to really get the benefit.
How tabata works: Tabata is a 4 minute workout where you alternate between high and low intensity. Simply plug in the type of workout you are doing and go (ie sprinting, weights, plyometrics, etc)
New Workout (done tabata style)
I completed each round twice for a total 16 minute workout
- Single leg squats on stability disc (can be done w/o disk. prop one foot behind you on a bed or chair. Squat with the other leg)
- Alternating Bicep Curls on stability disc
- Tic toc lunges off stability disc
- One arm pushups using stability disc
- Squat to shoulder press (one leg on disc at a time)
- Tricep raises on disc
- Side raises and lowers with 20lb weight
- Crunches on stability disc (tough!!)
On another note, I’m still riding high from yesterday’s post about making healthy choices. Not only was it enjoyable to write, but it got me motivated about my health all over again! It’s nice to re-realize passions, whatever they are. In fact, my friend (and old roomie!) and I were texting last night about how fitness can ebb and flow and how wonderful it is when you are able to get really excited about working out. Tabata training has gotten her excited about exercising again while having a training plan is really pumping me up. If you are experiencing a lull in your workout routine maybe it’s time to buy a new workout DVD, take a new class, or pick up a new fitness magazine. You never know what might inspire you and make you really love exercise again (or for the first time!).
And because it’s been a while (or has it?) here is a completely unnecessary and unrelated picture of Sampson in a trashcan:
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