The best cross-training for your weekly miles? This Pure Barre workout truly ~balances~ your body.
If you’re a regular on the track or in the local race circuit, you probably already know that runners are supposed to do strength training in addition to logging miles. But how often do you actually get your strength workout in for the week? Never? Yeah, thought so.
You officially have no excuse to play hooky on strength day. This barre routine, courtesy of Carrie Dorr, founder and Chief Barre Officer for Pure Barre, can be done anywhere, anytime, with zero equipment. While barre is awesome for toning your booty and burning your thighs into oblivion, the benefits go way beyond aesthetics.
“It’s the perfect complementary workout to use as cross training for runners,” says Dorr. “Runners tend to do little to no strength training, infrequently do lateral or twisting movements, and typically have limited joint range of motion/flexibility.” Dorr carefully chose moves that round out a runner’s regimen to help prevent injury and improve running efficiency. (Just make sure you’re not overdoing the barre tuck.)
How it works: Do this workout once through, performing each move for the sets and reps indicated. Add it to your regimen once or twice a week on cross-training days.
Total Time: up to 45 minutes
1. Pike Twist to Push-Up
2. Forearm Side Plank Crunch
3. Curtsy Lunge with Knee Lift
4. Side Lunge with Windmill Arms
5. Exploding Starfish
6. Abs with Twist
7. Back Extension X to Bend