I’ll have to admit, I’ve been trying to be gym-consistent for about a year and a half now, but I still find myself not as strong, or as fit, and definitely not as consistent as I’d like to be. This 2016 though, I will push myself to be better for it.
QUICK BREAK: Paused blogging for a bit because I wanted to check if the latest Margot vs Lily episodes are out! The last two webisodes are already uploaded online and I’m quite sad that this mini series is over. 🙁 Secretly hoping they turn it into a real online/tv series because the characters are so lovable! I encourage you guys to go and watch it – especially if you love watching TV series, a witty script, cute graphics, fitness, and are in need of a little inspiration. I’m also loving the styling!
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I signed up for a gym membership in my area (Yellow Corner Gym represent!) before 2014 ended and started going as much as I could, and as much as time would let me. I’m the type that doesn’t really share much about what goes on in my ~fitness~ life, but with a half marathon (GASSSPPP…s for air) in my midst, I kind of want to chronicle this.
The half marathon is already happening this May 15 (note: I have never run a marathon/race ever in my life) and so I told Coach JR that I would do my best to go at LEAST 2-3 times a week and give it all I’ve got. Last month, he let me try out this new workout routine to help me condition myself for the run…and for the race I call life. LOL!
Here’s one of my current pre-half marathon routines:
1 – WARM UP
Get those muscles working by warming up with a few stretches – alternate lunges, knees/ankles/neck/hip rotations, bear hugs, etc., followed by 3 sets (3 minutes per set) of jumping rope. The more jump rope sets you can do, the better! This will help improve your cardio for the race.
2 – HIIT (High Intensity Training)
After warming up, everyone at Yellow Corner usually participates in the daily HIIT routine for the day. I have to do at least two sets of these, rest for 5 minutes and work out in the weights area with whatever personalized workout plan the coach has for me that day.
Saturday HIIT: Doing number 4 and 5 – the seated sideways slam ball!
3 – STEP-UP REVERSE LUNGES
Find a box, a step, or a stair you could do this on for 3 sets again, with 20 step-ups per set. Make sure to step-up on your tiptoes! This will help strengthen your core, lower buttocks, and help get those leg muscles moving.
4 – BATTLE ROPE
OKAY! When I saw videos of people doing this on Instagram, I thought, “Hey! That looks fun and easy”…aka I was wrong. The ropes are HEAVY, BUT it’s the prefect core and shoulder workout. Again, 3 sets with 20 waves per set.
5 – BENCHED JUMP SQUATS
Grabbing some dumbbells, sit on the edge of a bench and jump on your toes repeatedly for 3 sets, with 15 jump squats per set. Don’t forget to sit straight! Muscle targets: quads, triceps, and core.
6 – HYDRATE
We are only human and we need our water breaks – most especially in this crazy summer heat! Keep your body cool and hydrated by taking quick sips of water during your workout. Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes by drinking sports drinks afterwards.
7 – RUSSIAN SWING
Learn how to speak in a Russian accent then…I KID! Work that upper body strength by swinging a kettle bell to and fro, starting in a squat like position for 3 reps with 20 swings per rep.
8 – STRETCHING
And when the sweaty mayhem is over, don’t forget to stretch it out! Stretching is key to prevent muscle strains and soreness.
Aside from this,
I think I should try going on morning runs every other day (or every day even) to better prep myself for the long distance running ahead. Anyone want to be running buddies? 🙂
Honestly so thankful for the upcoming Nike + Run Club Women’s Half Marathon, it has inspired me to be better in strengthening myself and in looking out for my overall health. Thank you Clozette and Nike for reminding me to be #BetterForIt this year! I can’t wait to see how I will continue to progress with this new found mindset.
Let me know as well if you’re embarking on a fitness journey of sorts, have an awesome pre-race workout to share, or even if you’re just aiming to be better than you were before. Maybe even join me this May 15 for Nike + Run Club Women’s Half Marathon Manila? It won’t be easy, but we can have fun and cheer each other on! 🙂
LET’S DO THIS!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7
All the best,
For more full details about the Nike + Run Club Women’s Half Marathon Manila click HERE.
Photos by Paolo Salgado