Four workout plans that I like to use for cross-training as a supplement to my running routine. These workouts are easy to do at home or at the gym.
It’s no surprise that I enjoy staying in shape with exercise. I’ve been a runner for about four years now, running every week outside, about 3-5 miles per run (unless I’m training for a race). But now that the temperatures in Florida are skyrocketing, my fitness regimen has taken a turn (as it does every year around this time). I tend to go in waves… during the colder months in Florida, I end up increasing my mileage and running more, simply because I would rather run in the cold. That is, the “Florida cold”.
But in the hotter months, I end up doing more strength workouts, taking more fitness classes, and just generally cross-training a lot more. And every time this happens, I realize how important it is to incorporate more strength workouts. When will Christina learn to do this on a more regular basis? And why is she talking in the third person all of a sudden?
I’m in one of those grooves again… the run less, train more grooves. And I think I’m headed toward a happy medium. I’ve been taking days to run (3-5 miles), then a day to train at the gym, then a day to take a fitness class. It’s an equilibrium I’m really enjoying! It definitely keeps me from being bored with fitness, which can be a real problem when it comes to motivation.
But when I do go to the gym, I do need a little guidance on what to do. I’m not a personal trainer, I didn’t study anything exercise-related in college. Everything I know is from experience and my own research. So when I am on my own for cross-training workouts, I tend to follow a few workout plans on rotation.
These are my favorites:
Four Workout Plans to Follow for Cross-Training
Tone It Up
I’ve been following Karena and Katrina since before they were hugely popular! It’s so crazy for me, as a blogger, to see how successful they’ve become since I started following them years ago. That totally sounded like when I was an emo hipster in middle school, like “yeah I heard that song so long ago…they’re just now playing it on the radio…” But seriously… I’ve been following them for so long because I love the way they push weekly fitness routines, their workouts are tough (but not too tough), and their materials and resources are easily accessible. Every Sunday they post a new week-long workout routine on their website. Before I go to the gym on my off-running-days, I look up which workout they’ve got posted for that particular day!
Born to Sweat, Sweat Series
My bloggin’ buddy, Beverley Cheng, recently came out with a beautiful e-book called The Sweat Series. This series is a three-month workout plan that progressively gets more difficult as you grow stronger throughout the months. The beginner month is the perfect way to warm yourself up and prepare for the transition into kickass mode. It incorporates some bodyweight work with weighted exercises and high-intensity interval training; it’s definitely conducive to working out at home. I’ve been following it chronologically, but I plan on hand-picking her workouts from the Series when I’m finished, for days when I need some cross-training. If you follow me on Instagram, you know her workouts give me shin sweat. The ultimate sign that your ass has just been kicked.
Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Training Plan
Ok, when I tell you I’ve used this for a long time, I’m so super cereal. I used this plan when I first started working out in college. As in, my freshman year when I was completely lost in the gym and was used to my high school coaches telling me exactly what to do. This plan totally got me off my feet and taught me, basically, how to exercise, use weights, strength train, etc. Much like Beverley’s Sweat Series, this is a 3-month plan. Jamie’s workouts are mostly strength-based. I usually use these workouts as a supplement to a quick cardio session on the treadmill, rower, elliptical, or bike. This plan also gets you into a routine of focusing on muscle groups. Legs one day, arms one day, so on and so forth.
Kayla Itsines, Bikini Body Guide (BBG)
When I really want to get my ass into gear, I reach for BBG. Seriously, am I the only one who finds these workouts so challenging?! I started to follow the BBG plan a couple years ago and could barely get through five minutes of the workout without wanting to collapse. Granted, I wasn’t in as good of shape as I am now. Kayla’s BBGs are focused on building strength and attaining a lean, muscular body. I’m not super into the whole ‘bikini body’ hype, but the proof is in the pictures. Her workouts are killer and I like to use them because they give me a little extra cardio while I work on my strength!
In addition to these four workout plans, I frequently snag different workouts from different fitness bloggers. These are the blogs that I’ve found to provide quality workouts (I use them regularly!):
The Balanced Berry – Great circuit workouts!
Pumps and Iron – My go-to for kettle bell workouts!
Physical Kitchness – For when you want to do barre on your own!
Born to Sweat – Obviously… Great strength workouts!
Join the conversation:
What is your routine when it comes to fitness?
How do you figure out what workouts to do (if you’re not a professional)?