If there is one thing I could tell my younger, fitter self, it would be to not lose fitness, because it is hell getting it back. A lot easier to put pounds off than to put them on and, if you don’t continue pushing yourself, you get bored or injured, and the spiral down begins.
Probably the simplest way to keep things interesting is to add cross training to your primary sport. Joining a CrossFit gym is a quick and easy way, but it can also be done easily at home. Now if you’re like me, you might have a hard time getting motivated and/or don’t know what exercise you should be doing. Relax, there’s an app for that.
As a member of the TNFLocals, I was turned on to the Mountain Athletics App by the group. This app lets you choose what sport you are training for, gives you a roughly 6 week program, and has videos and descriptions to help you along. You can also find, if you’re near a large city, opportunities to work out with a group. This is kind of the complete package. The only negative I can find is that the exercises are not all bodyweight, so some fitness gear is required – of course you can always skip those exercises, as you’ll still get a great workout without them.
The Wahoo 7 Minutes app is 12 high intensity bodyweight exercises, 30 seconds per exercise, 10 seconds of rest between exercises. All these exercises are pretty well known, but a description and video help you out if needed. No excuses with this one – anyone can find 7 minutes in even the busiest day to get these done. Negatives? This app comes only with the basic 7 minute workout, an alternate workout, and a 7 minute Pilates workout, so you have to purchase the full version if you want more.
Take ANY exercise, do it according to the Tabata protocol, and you’ll be dying in no time at all. Studies have shown that incorporating Tabata, or High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), into your fitness regime gives great results in little time. 8 rounds of 20 seconds of activity and 10 seconds of rest equal 4 minutes of torture, though stopping is sweet indeed. The app directs you to a YouTube collection of Tabata videos if you need inspiration.
The best thing about all 3 of these videos is that they get you moving and are free. Using the Mountain Athletics app for 6 weeks or alternating amongst the 3 will give you plenty of variety in your cross training and make you fitter for your primary sport, even if that’s just living your life.
Do you use a cross training app?
Suggestions for others than these 3?