Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday's Tidings.

I was reading Andrew's blog over at  Running Man Wannabe and today he posted his cross training routine.  It got me to thinking "I rarely do cross training", and wondering "Why is that?".  I really have no clue why I'm so lackluster about cross training.  I've never been much on strength training (Probably why I've got the arms of a holocaust prisoner).  I've tried using the Wii for exercise and while it's fun to play, I really don't get much exercise from it.  For my 10 miler training, I've listed Wednesdays as a strength day, but really I've not come up with anything to do.  I could used some assistance in developing a simple cross/strength training program that is simple, easy to do in my basement, doesn't require equipment, and most of all, is something I can be motivated to do.  A couple of stipulations to go with it.  1) I have minor scoliosis at the lower back, so sit-ups and crunches are not an option.  2) I'm not really looking for cardio, but strength training. 3) I need some way to be accountable so that I keep with it.  Any good suggestions


Andrew Opala said...

Hey James,

I'm sure there's a lot of calisthenics you can do that can build strength without weights - I had a program like that when I was younger. It was based on some Royal Marines Commando training. I'll see if I can find it somewhere. I think you needed a long broom stick and a dining room chair - and it worked all your core muscle groups.

The weight program (not lunge/stair climb but leg lifts and sit-ups not shown) is 1 of 4 routines I used as a kid when I was playing football. This maintains and builds a little strength. I've actually not found any routines that are agreeable for me on pure running sites so I dropped to the one shown on my site.

I have Osteopenia in my neck and tail bone, and the heavy weights help to put "good" strain on these areas to encourage bone building. Especially the dead-weight-lift and squat for the back and the rowing motion and pullovers for the neck.

But I cleared these routines through my doctor and the clinicians at his office. As you know you need to find your own source of advice for this kind of stuff.

I'll stick my head in an old dusty box tonight when I get home.

Andrew Opala said...

... and try to find you that exercise program :)

James said...

Thanks Andrew. Mainly I need assistance with motivation to workout. Running is easy, I love doing it. It's the other stuff I have a hard time with.

Lisa said...

look up the 100 push-up challenge program on the internet. that will give you something to do.

Anonymous said...

Push ups! They're the best and easiest way I've found to strenghten my arms and core. I started out with this challenge: http://hundredpushups.com/
I never really made it past 25, but you know, it's better than nothing!

James said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm horrible at push ups. I guess that's why it's a challenge though!

Jen said...

We were going to do the 100 push up challenge but someone had to go and hurt their wrist! LOL

James said...

It's basically better now. I don't think I got 100% of my flexibility back but close. Up for the challenge starting tomorrow? he he!

teacherwoman said...

Check out this site:

I just came across it, and think that most of it can be done at home. All will help with your strength and core; which will in return help with your running!