I’ve struggled with injuries for six months now with my running and it’s been traced back, thanks to a phenomenal physical therapist, to a musculature imbalance between my quads and my glutes/hamstrings. While researching exercises that I could complete, I found an app for my iPhone called Fitivity Maraton Strength and Conditioning. It gives you a 30-45 minute workout two days per week and shows you how to do the exercises. It didn’t cost anything up front, but there is an in-app purchase of maybe $10 when I get about 13 weeks in to unlock the higher levels. I’m pretty fortunate in that my office building has a small gym available to me for free as a tenant. It’s certainly serviceable with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stability balls and dumbbells. I decided to throw caution to the wind and give the app a go.
This week I did the workouts for level 1, week 1 and I’ve been really happy with it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I notice muscles poking out from the fat, but I feel like I am already stronger. The workouts are as tough as you choose to make them by using a different weight. Even better is that you can complete the entire workout in 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for lunchtime. I’m pretty sure I looked like an idiot doing exercises that most people would see as easy, but I can assure you that they weren’t easy and I need to get over it. Besides, I have a rockin’ PR I am shooting for in December and if this is what it’s going to take to get me there, you’re dog gone right I’m doing it!