Strength training for people who hate it?
March 1, 2010 6:21 AM Subscribe
Help me come up with a QUICK strength-training routine that I can do 2-3 times a week, that won't interfere with my training for distance running and triathlon events.
posted by kataclysm to health & fitness (26 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 26-year-old female. Recently I lost about 55 pounds and started competing in endurance sports (10K and half-marathon running races, sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlons). I'm not competitive at these sports by any means, but I really enjoy them.
Because these races take a lot of time and demand a lot of aerobic endurance, I spend a lot of time doing cardiovascular exercise (probably about 10 hours a week during the April-November race season). I don't have a lot of free time left over for other forms of exercise, but I could probably squeeze out an hour a week for strength training.
Also, I absolutely hate lifting weights. I know it's extremely important for health, bone density, etc., and I don't want to develop the emaciated-looking upper body of the classic endurance athlete (swimming helps to some extent, yes, but I still am worried about it). But I really loathe being in the stinky weight room, I hate the way resistance training feels when the weight is heavy enough to actually provide an appropriate resistance level, and I hate how sets of squats and deadlifts give me a feeling in my tummy like I'm going to puke. Since I really love the way aerobic exercise feels, this gives me a powerful disincentive to hit the weight room at the gym when I could go outside and run, or swim laps, or go to spinning class.
Does anyone have any tips for how to incorporate strength training into my routine in a way that I might find minorly enjoyable, and doesn't require a hefty time commitment that will curtail my triathlon training plans? (For example, I love yoga and Pilates, but by the time I go to the class, take the class, and come home from the class, that's like 2 1/2 hours taken out of my precious free time.)