I can’t run right now.
Yes, yes. You know that already.
Well in the spirit of remaining optimistic about my current situation, I’ve decided that in lieu of running I will spend all this extra free time I now have experimenting with different forms of cross training.
Prancercise is on the agenda for next week.
This past Sunday I went to barre class because Sue and Courtney had been mentioning how much they love it. I have taken the class several times before, but it had been a pretty long time and I forgot how much of a challenge it is and how much I love it even when it’s hard to walk upstairs the next day. Then a couple days later I decided on a whim that I was going to incorporate HIIT into my lunch break at the gym. I had never done one of these before outside of my speed workouts.
What is HIIT?
I’m sure you know, but just in case you don’t HIIT stands for HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING and that means that you basically go completely beastmode on whatever exercise you are doing for a short period of time followed by a recovery period that can be either active or not. It keeps your heart rate raised and helps burn more fat in less time.
There are TONS of different ways to do a HIIT workout. A simple Google search will yield about a billion results from fitness professionals to other bloggers. Per a wonderful suggestion posted on my Facebook, I installed the 7 minute workout app on my phone. This app is great because it has voice prompts that signal the start and end of each exercise so I didn’t need to time them myself. It wasn’t by Pop Sugar, but this is the exact same workout that I did:
I can’t do high knees right now so I subbed in mountain climbers. More than half of these exercises are things that are not a part of my normal routine so I was excited to mix it up, especially with squats. If I gain anything from this running break, I would love for it to be any semblance of a butt.
Here are some discoveries I made during this workout:
- I feel silly doing jumping jacks. There was a guy in the studio with me at the time and I felt like I looked like the most enormous tool. I think the last time I did a jumping jack was in middle school.
- I have gotten good at push-ups over the past few months.
- I LOVE wall sits! I had never done one before and now I feel compelled to do them all the time. The burn in my quads was fantastic.
- Thankfully the app also comes with little videos demo-ing each exercise because I had no idea how to do a proper lunge.
- Push-up rotations make me nauseous after awhile
- I went through it twice and as simple as all these exercises seemed on paper, I was so wiped for the short amount of time I was working! I loved the variety and now I’m all excited about trying more combinations. Even burpees. I would have loved to do some during this workout – what is WRONG with me!? – but those are a serious no-no for my toes right now.
I followed all this up with a half hour of intense intervals on the bike. Under the personal trainer selection (which I had never used before), it gave me an option called “aerobic” which was basically a ladder. I was sweating obscenely and it felt phenomenal…probably the best workout I’ve had since getting hurt.
Obviously not running sucks, but this was alright. I think I’ll do it again tomorrow.
Do you incorporate HIIT workouts into your routine? What are some of your favorites? Do you love burpees?
Happy Friday, everyone! Whatever you all have planned for the weekend, I hope it’s wonderful!