TRY SOMETHING NEW: ATHLETE EDITION

Melanie Mitchell | August 31, 2017


TRY SOMETHING NEW: ATHLETE EDITION

GET 'BACK TO YOU!' THIS FALL AND TRY SOMETHING NEW


Variety is the spice of life. Not only is a new take on life good for the brain, it’s good for athletic motivation too.

If you’re committed to another sport, why would you consider doing a workout that does not mimic what you’ve chosen? Complementary sports can not only benefit your overall strength and conditioning, it can pay dividends in the long run to your sport of choice.

We’re all about looking forward to the changing season, trying something new and reigniting our an active groove. Read on for our JackRabbit ideas to shake up your activities as we race towards fall.



IF YOU’RE A 5-10K RUNNER, TRY STRENGTH WORK

Strength Work: Strength training has so many rewards for the runner. If you want to see some rewards without upping your mileage (or don't have the time to do so), adding in some strength and mobility training can yield results.

Take to Runner's World or YouTube and you'll find a whole range of strength training for runners including conditioning sessions using only your body weight, great for travelers and fix-it-quick home training sessions.

Recommended Gear: Comfortable, form fitting workout gear is all you need and a pair of stable cross training shoes. From a longevity and safety standpoint, we recommend not wearing your favorite running shoes. Save them for the forward motion they are designed to support. Think you need to go to the gym for strength workouts? Not necessarily. Stretch bands, free weights and a small medecine ball are plenty to give you a full body workout.



IF YOU’RE A SWIMMER, TRY INDOOR ROWING

Rowing: Rowing is a great cross training benefit for swimmers for core strength and shoulder power without getting tight. Not to mention mental training; spend 5 minutes on a rowing machine and you’ll be begging for a treadmill minute.

Recommended Gear: Ditch your silicone hat and goggles (unless you usually wear them out of the pool) and grab some hip-friendly athletic shorts and a shoulder-free tank to get into your row zone.



IF YOU’RE A MARATHON RUNNER, TRY TRAIL RUNNING

Trail Running: Step away from the training plan and just go run. No distances to reach, no checkboxes to mark off the training plan. Your engine is trained and ready, so take it on an adventure to a place with a view. You’ll realize you don’t always need a finish line to reach your runner’s high.

Recommended Gear: Firstly, ditch the earbuds. You’re going to need your wits about you on the trail. Quality sunglasses are essential for keeping your eyes on the trail (literally) and a specific pair of trail running shoes. Think you don’t need them? I know a first hand of an athlete who ended up in the ICU after sliding on some slick rock using road shoes for the trail. I had to call the ambulance and support her off the trail. Don't risk it, runner friends. (The athlete is ok, by the way.)



IF YOU’RE A TRIATHLETE, REVISIT YOUR MENTAL GAME

Working on your Mind: You might already think you’ve got multi sports sorted given you’re already doing three sports. Why add in anything else? Follow the unwritten rule that triathlon has a fourth discipline in there: swim, bike, run, mental preparation.

Recommended Gear: Step away from the gear! Leave the watch, music, heart rate monitor at home and go gadget ‘naked’! Don’t track anything! Okay, if you must have the data – cover your watch screen with masking tape and turn off notifications! Being present and in the moment will serve you well when you’re racing. It’s been proven in scientific studies (Read Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness if you’re dying to know more) that the mind gives out before the body does, as a means of self-preservation. We're not telling you to push yourself over your limits (consult a doc folks before any workout program!), but a little introspection, pushing into the discomfort zone can be good for the endurance soul.



IF YOU’RE A CYCLIST, TRY XC SKIING

Cross Country Skiing: Superb for the cardiovascular challenges of cycling and maintaining leg strength. Added bonus is balance and coordination, as important skills for both mountain biking, group rides as well as riding in the urban jungle. You'll have to wait until the snowflakes start to fall for this one giving you plenty of time to wax up your skis in preparation!

Recommended Gear: Always the challenge of being freezing outside, but you warm up super quick when you XC ski. Keep the tush warm in long, flexible tights (we’re fans of compression all the way), add on a few wicking layers, a vest or jacket, including the hat and gloves, and you’re ready to glide on.



IF YOU’RE AN ATHLETE/RUNNER OF ANY KIND, TRY YOGA

Yoga: The benefits of yoga for runners and other athletes are many; yoga has it all! Flexibility, breath control, conditioning, strength, mental training (can you keep quiet for an hour?) For runners, secure in their leg strength, it might come as a surprise that holding a yoga pose requires using all the leg muscles on a variety of planes – ones you might not be used to using on your daily run.

Yoga is an all body experience, when was the last time you worked out your wrists, neck, lower back? Our challenge to you is schedule a 30 minute yoga ‘app’ appointment three times a week for 30 days and report back how you feel at the end.

Recommended Gear: Your yoga mat is your required gear of choice, flexible clothing that doesn’t ride up or down is key. While yoga poses are meant to massage the inner organs, there’s no reason in traumatizing your inner organs if your workout gear is cutting into you!

Look for wide waistbands, and longer torso tops and for men who want to avoid the t-shirt-over-your-head-look in downward dog, take on a men's workout tank and wear it with your pranayama pride.

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