Lately, I’ve been struggling with strength workouts. My interest has waned and I put it on the back burner to do “tomorrow.” But then tomorrow comes and once again, it’s pushed off until “tomorrow.” It’s a cycle! But its one I want to FIX because a stronger me is a stronger runner. When I am adding strength workouts, I feel so much better about myself. I feel better and I always think I look better too. So. I have been searching for “something” to help me get back on the strength train.
Even when I am incorporating strength regularly into my workouts, I find that I can get caught up in doing the same old thing all the time and that’s not good either! If I were to only run EASY runs ALL the time, I would have never started to get faster. By incorporating things like tempo’s and track workouts, I started to build up my speed endurance. That made me a better runner. It’s the same thing with strength- If I’m only doing the same old squats and arm workouts, I won’t see any progress and my body will get used to the workouts.
I absolutely love Instagram. I feel like that is where I make a lot of connections with people. It’s kind of like reading blogs, only you see just a little snapshot of what’s going on. I follow
mostly all a LOT of runners, healthy food bloggers, running/food bloggers, and of course friends and family! It’s the MOST fun social media site (in my opinion). I can get tips from amazing runners, see my favorite runners as they progress with their training, and get an idea for dinner-all in my IG threads. Ok, I’m digressing…ANYWAY… Somehow, one of my IG friends must have posted a progress pic of themselves- a typical before and after photo, and it had the hashtag #bbg. Once I clicked on that I stumbled upon millions of pictures of girls with their progress photos, and eventually found out what “BBG” even means.
“BBG” stands for Bikini Body Guide. It’s a workout program designed by Kayla Itsines. It targets all body areas with special emphasis on abs. I followed Kayla on IG– she is just about the most motivational person EVER and I love her! She posts TONS of progress pictures of girls doing her workouts. They are all pretty amazing to see. I kept going to her website and looking at the guides but not buying them. She designed the workouts because she was a personal trainer hearing the same complaints from women in the gym all the time about hating their abs/thighs/butt, etc. Now millions of women all around the world use them!
SO finally, last week, I took the plunge and bought the guides. One thing that really sold me is that to do the workouts, you don’t need to go to a gym. Weights, a yoga mat, a timer, and I believe a jump rope are all you need. It’s a digital download book and I can view them as an ebook on my IPAD. It’s only 3 days a week for 28 minutes. That is NOTHING. I’m so excited about taking on a new challenge and I know that the regular strength exercises are going to make me a better runner. It’s a 12 week program and after the 12 weeks, you can buy the next session of weeks 13-24, or I believe just start the cycle all over again for your 12 week program. (It seems like a lot of girls do that)
I would like to tell you that I didn’t buy this program because I think I need to lose weight. I feel like I should make that clear because I’m sure someone will ask me that at some point. I really want to add strength training to my life. The main reason I bought a workout program is the same reason a lot like people join a running club or hire a personal trainer- Sometimes you need the extra motivation that comes along with joining a group. You’ll learn new stretching techniques, workouts and someone is planning them all for you so you don’t have to do the hard work! I like that I’m following a guide that is telling me what to do!
I started the BBG workouts this past Monday. Good LORD. It’s Thursday and I am STILL SORE. My inner thighs are still hurting! The first two days- I swear to you that I was “marathon sore”. My husband has been watching me do the workouts and says that I’m so sore because I’m finally doing a “real” workout..as opposed to a 10 ab/leg video. All I know is that I’m a runner, have been a runner for 15 years—and earlier this week I discovered new muscles in my legs that I did not know I had. This is a new challenge for me and I like it! I have been doing the workouts after I get home from work and still keeping up with my regular running stuff in the mornings.
Even though I LOVE seeing people’s progress pictures, as it stands right now-I’m thinking I probably won’t be posting many or ANY “progress pics”. I teach high school and am friends with a lot of former students on various social media sites. The thought of being half clad and having a picture of me for a student to stumble upon makes me cringe. NOPE, can’t do it.
When I set out to run on Tuesday morning, I thought I would be holding a terrible and slow pace. It took my legs about a mile to feel good and get warm. Once I got going though, I felt great and couldn’t believe how STRONG my legs felt after a day of working out. It’s a pretty good feeling! I get sore from running-but this new kind of soreness is very cool. I know I’m working out muscles that haven’t been used this way in a while.
I’m really looking forward to being a “stronger me” this summer!!
Have you ever bought a workout plan to make you stronger?