Yoga, TRX training, Cross-Fit???

Every sport has an “off-season” right? And for me, winter is my “off-season” to running. (A huge thanks to Tiffany for enlightening me on the fact you don’t have to run year around to love running) I really do enjoy running, and have missed doing it these last few weeks since the half marathon. The reality is, a lot of why I like running is because it lets me be outside. Nothing kills me more than being inside on a nice day. 

The nice days are almost gone. We have had such nice weather here this late into the year I really can’t complain. However, I need to start planning for winter when I get busy with work and don’t want to be outside in the driving wind and rain. 

Whatever I choose, I want to challenge myself. Running was a challenge for me, and now I love it. It has taken me to new heights both mentally and physically. 

Here are the things that I am considering:

1) Yoga
Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 11.28.34 PMI love yoga, I can do it anywhere, it helps me get more flexible, it builds up great core strength, it’s relaxing, you learn new things about your body – what is there not to love about it.  If I was to dive into yoga, I would do flow yoga (my fav) but also challenge myself by practicing more inversions and trying hot yoga. 

2) TRX suspension training

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 11.04.41 PM TRX are these cool “straps” that are available at some gyms, but you can also install at home!!!! WOO! I love body weight training, and it is hard – it’s weight training using your own body weight. When you incorporate the TRX it takes it to a whole other level. I would love to explore this training more. I have tried a few things on the TRX but I’m not super familiar with it. 
This would totally get me out of my comfort zone and I would love to experiment with the cardio options available for using TRX as well. 

Check out this cool at home kit you can buy! (pink is available now for breast cancer month!!)
Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 11.04.28 PMI LOVE that it comes with a “door placard” haha. You can attach the TRX to a door to do your workout – so you put the sign on the door so no one barges in and knocks down your TRX hahaha – LOVE IT! 

This would be so cool to really dive into and get good at. I would love to become a TRX certified trainer as well. (how cool would that be!?)
Become a TRX Trainer

Check out all the different kits available for TRX – the sky is the limit and it travels with you!  TRX-Big Workout. Small Package  In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about TRX. It would be totally new to me, I could workout at home, build muscle and train my core and it could also travel with me because as long as I have a door I can use the TRX… very tempting option.

3) Crossfit

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That would be me, dying on the floor.  Just kidding.
I am really curious about cross-fit. I have been meeting more people that do it and I hear that it would be a good compliment to running. I also have been in the mood lately to swing more weight around – and cross-fit is perfect for that!
When I lift weights at the gym, I usually spend most of my time in the free weights area. The last time I was there I just wasn’t feeling satisfied. Cross-fit has been pulling at my heart strings. I know it would be HARD and kick my butt the first few times because it is unlike any other workout I have tried. I am in really good shape, but from what I have seen cross-fit is a whole new world. Maybe I shouldn’t get so intimated by it.
I do really want to try it and see what it is like.  I found a cross-fit gym about 20 mins from me that has an “on-ramp” program that is a month long. You learn the basics and the moves so you don’t get injured. Sounds good to me. Then I could decide after that if I really wanted to stick with it or try something else.

Cross-fit would definitely challenge me in new ways, and I would love to build muscle and cardio fitness with that type of workout. The only downside is I could not do it at home – at least not where we are living now. I would have to drive to the cross-fit place everyday. 

4) Keep Running
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I could keep running and suck up the rain and the wind. The Seattle Marathon is November 29th, and I could run in the half marathon…. it’s very very tempting!!!!! 

What do you think? Which new activity would you try?? I would love to try all of them, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to do them all at once. I will try them all eventually, but which should I do first?  Let me know!! I’d love to hear your opinion. 

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

7 thoughts on “Yoga, TRX training, Cross-Fit???”

  1. Yoga: it’s great, everyone needs more yoga in their life. However, I personally never feel like I’ve gotten a workout when I do yoga.
    TRX: I’m SUPER curious about that! I wish my gym had it.
    Crossfit: I know people who love it, and people who hate it. One of my best friends hated crossfit until she found the right gym for her… So if you try it, try multiple gyms (or boxes as they call them) to find a good fit for you. Personally, I’ve heard WAY to many stories about people getting really hurt to want to try it.
    Running: YOU CAN DO IT! I live in Portland, and it’s getting cold and rainy here too. It makes it a lot harder to want to get out there. Running doesn’t have to be your only workout (as you know), so you can do it through the winter. Just wait for the days when it’s not pouring down rain. Plus, when you’re running you feel like it’s about 10 degrees warmer than it really is.

    1. Hi Evylyn!!
      Thank you so much for the detailed response. I agree so much with all that you said. I seriously appreciate your input!!! I am going to keep running – so true, just do it on the not super rainy days. Then I can maintain all I have built! XOXO

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