How’s your week been? I’m both excited and a little nervous about this weekend, and that always seems to be the case before races. As I’ve mentioned recently, tomorrow I’ll be doing a 14K trail race with 5 Peaks, which shouldn’t be scary at all but nevertheless there are a few pre-race jitters inside of me! Then on Sunday, I’ve got the MEC Spring Century where I’ll either be riding 50K or 100K (hopefully the 100 if all goes according to plan.) My fingers and toes are crossed for good weather on both days!
Work It Out
Since so much of my training time is spent moving in a single plane of motion (ie. swimming, biking and running), it feels like a novelty to be able to do any sort of activity that requires more side to side, all-over-the-place sort of movement. One of the classes I haven’t done in ages, but plan to soon (because I’ve heard the ones at my local YMCA are fantastic) is step. I’ll admit – I’m NOT good at these. In fact, if you want to see ungraceful, just watch me try to keep up in a step class! So why do I bother?
Step classes actually used to be a regular part of my fitness regimen before I started training for triathlons. I loved them because they were challenging to me, and because when I started I was absolutely terrible, it was fun to see the improvements happen quickly. Just a couple of classes is all it usually takes to get back in the groove, and I’m excited to work a couple of these back in to my schedule just for fun.
But what if you don’t have the confidence to hop into a step class right away? Well in that case, today’s workout is for you.
The Cardio Step Workout
This routine can be done in a fitness studio or at home, and all you need is a stable step. If you’re a beginner, put it on the lowest setting. If you consider yourself a little more advanced, feel free to put a few risers underneath. You’ll complete 8 moves at a fast pace, then walk around and recover for 2-3 minutes. Repeat it 2 more times for a total of 3 rounds, or if you have time, throw on a bonus round and aim to make it your best of them all!
Turn It Up
In need of a bit of motivation earlier this week, my iPod got another big refresh and is now loaded up with some new tunes. I don’t know about you, but this is one of the fastest ways for me to get excited about my workouts again. One of the new songs on the list (and one of my favourites), is Never Let You Go by Dash Berlin ft John Dahlback. It’s got energy, it’s got great builds, and I hope you enjoy it too!
Have A Read
- Triathlon transition basics – via Competitor
- How to minimize jet lag when crossing time zones to race – via Training Peaks
- Super exciting news! Vega just launched an amazing Vega Sport site, a hub of ridiculously valuable information to help you achieve your goals in your sweaty pursuits this summer. One of the biggest highlights is the free 8-week training and nutrition plans. Currently they’re available for running, but strength and conditioning ones are due to launch in June. These things are so packed with information and if you’re doing any racing this summer, it’d be silly not to sign up! You can register for free here.
Now over to you! Let’s hear…
- Who’s racing this weekend? What, where, and how are you feeling about it? No matter what you’re doing, good luck!
- Are you good at step classes? Do you enjoy them?
- Do you ever feel intimidated/ridiculous in group exercise classes? The latter is definitely true for me in Zumba!
Last but not least, it’s a couple of days early but to all the mums, moms, mamas and mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! See you all back here on Monday with a whole bunch of delicious salad recipes! 🙂