Bootcamp For Runners or any Athlete ~
Be it cyclist, skater, tennis player or dancer offers numerous benefits to reaching the top of your game. What is your average speed and distance when you run??? Imagine going faster and having the energy and endurance to go longer too!
Being a long time Pilates teacher, I thought that Pilates was the best complementary exercise and training for athletes. I continue to support this belief ~ in part. It has it’s significant benefits of slowing down and bringing awareness to how one moves in their body in addition to countless other benefits. But right now, we’re talking BOOTCAMP!
Boot camp doesn’t have to be all about hearing your mean coach blow the whistle and yell at you, “Move it slow poke! Don’t be a wimp! Give me ten more!” Although that may be a tactic that proves to work for you. Mixing up your normal fitness or athletic routine introduces your body to new ways of moving. Whatever your normal workout routine or sport, your muscles become conditioned to that way of moving and engaging. Your body develops patterns. When you switch up your way of moving, you shift more than just your muscles, you also can shift your mental perception and attitude.
How Does Bootcamp For Runners Prove to Help?
- If you are a runner and that is your only form of exercise; your body is missing out on other strengths and potentials. Bootcamp for runners as well as other athletes can help enhance your speed and endurance, strength and balance. When you challenge your body in bootcamp sessions, you work muscles in ways you hadn’t with simply running distance.
- Injury Prevention from overuse!!! By strength training, you will decrease your risk for injury or strain within your ligaments and joints…
- Your new found strength will help you tackle those steep hills that you just love to run up!
- High intensity strength and cardio workouts (bootcamp) will help with your lung capacity! Think stronger upper body.
- Stronger lower body so your legs can take you farther.
Example of Bootcamp for Runners Program:
- 1 minute of Jumping Jacks
- 10 Push Ups
- 10 Squats
- 10 Side Kicks (each leg)
- 10 Kettle Bell Swings
- 10 Dumb Bell Arm Rows (each arm)
- 10 Walking Lunges (to and from)
- Run 400 meters
- 10 Step Ups (each leg)
- 10 Criss Cross Sit Ups (each side)
*REPEAT This bootcamp for runners series THREE times for best benefits and to get that heart rate up. Do this Twice a week in addition to your regular running routine or other sports practice. For more info on strength training tips for runners check out the competitor.