Thanks to Kim, I have been diligently searching out new cross training opportunities each month for her New 2 U Cross Training Challenge. It’s been so helpful to have that extra push to try new things.
There is an HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class at my gym that I’ve wanted to try for months. It was only offered Saturday mornings (typical long-run day), but this month a second class was added Wednesday evenings, so I finally went.
The class itself was much what I expected- rounds of intense cardio mixed with strength training. There’s no doubt it was a great workout, better than an easy run would have been, but all the jumping and plyometrics on hardwood floors was a lot of pounding for a non-running day.
Runners can benefit from pylometrics, and I’d like to incorporate some of these exercises more often but it’s important to add them in gradually and carefully. I like these recommendations to use a grassy area and start with 10-20 minutes to ease in, rather than the hour-long HIIT class.
That being said, I know some runners who really enjoy HIIT, and it would definitely make you a stronger runner! And for non-runners, it’s an awesome all-around cardio and strength workout.
Here’s a glimpse of the class I attended
30 second bursts of cardio
- jumping jacks
- mountain climbers on the bosu ball
- squat jumps on the bosu ball
- side-to-side squat jumps
- quick feet (switching feet over the bosu ball)
- plank “jacks”
- push ups on the (upside-down) bosu ball
- overhead shoulder press with dumbbells
- bicep curls
- tricep kick-backs
- wood-chopper (dumbbell overhead and down to the side as you squat)
- spiderman push ups
Have you done an HIIT class or plyometrics?
Do you find plyometrics complement your running, or puts you at risk for injury?