I’ve said more than once that cross-training is super-important for any skater (which it is), and it doesn’t have to be wildly complicated. Cross-training can be as simple as incorporating a different form of exercise than skating, something that uses different muscles and evens out your body.
I, however, am the type who’s usually short on time and attention span, so I want to get the most bang for my buck, in the least amount of time. SO, I thought I’d share some of the painful and awesome wonders I’ve been inflicting upon myself.
First, I’d like you to say hello to Jillian Michaels.
Yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking: “wait, she’s that super-tough trainer from The Biggest Loser who yells at everyone, right?” Well, that’s half-right. They definitely cast Jillian in a certain light on The Biggest Loser, but her non-BL workouts are decidedly less yell-y, and she gets to behave more like an actual human being than her warped-by-reality-show persona. The nice thing, however, is that she still retains her no-nonsense attitude. I like that because, well, I like pushing myself, and she’s very up-front about the fact that you have to push yourself and put in the work in order to get results.
And did I mention the workouts are also crazy-effective? I’ve done several of her DVDs, and they’re all pretty ass-kicking, and I even tried out the full diet-and-exercise program in her book, Making The Cut, and that summer saw me at my lowest weight of my entire adult life. (unfortunately, I no longer have free gym access, and I also like to eat out and have a beer every once in a while, so I probably won’t be getting that skinny again, but hey, I’m okay with that.)
The DVDs are a nice way to do some cross-training at home, on your own time, and the ones I come back to most often are Ripped In 30, and 30-Day Shred. They’re basically a high-intensity, circuit training workout, and it’s full-body, so you can expect to be doing plenty of work on your upper-body and core, and also getting some cardio benefit in. The super-bonus? Both DVDs have multiple workouts, building up from week to week, and each is only 20 minutes long, with a couple of extra minutes for warmup and cooldown.
If you’re willing to work hard, and aren’t sure where to start with your cross-training, grab a couple of DVDs, and get yourself some hand weights (or even make your own), and start getting your ass kicked!