Thursday, February 19, 2009

TIART: 6 Minutes of Pain

Thursday = Runners Lounge TIART.

Now that I am on track and we are all about lifting I have a few exercises that I feel I must do everytime I hit the weight room.

I was introduced to this exercise (one of my favs) back in October and I think it is really great for runners.

Its called - Running Arms!

Heres what you do => get 5 pound weights in each hand. With this exercise its better to stick with the lighter weights. So grip those weights real good and then find a clock. Basically you swing your arms back and forth - like you are running - and do it for 30 seconds. It helps your shoulders and tricepts. Whenever I do them I think about my second lap of the 400m in the relay and jump pumping my arms to the finish!!

Anyway, try this out if you want, I usually do about 3 sets of 30 seconds with maybe a minute rest maybe more, so that doesn't really fill up the whole 6 minutes so maybe go and bench press or something!! The guys at the gym always give me weird looks but IT works!! My arms feel stronger and help me to run faster! Let me know if this exercise works for anyone else!!


Today is going ok - not much better than yesterday sadly. I saw the trainers and they were really nice. I haven't talked to my coach yet. Ill give a full report on what the dealio is tomorrow!!


Nicole said...

I'm glad your having a better day today. That exercise sounds cool, i'll have to get some mini weights and give it a shot! Thanks!

shannon said...

That sounds awesome! I could definitely use some work on my arms..
Keep restin' that hip o' yours. I'm glad you're in better spirits though :)

Aron said...

i've been doing that exercise and love it :)

X-Country2 said...

What a great idea! I have pencil arms, so it sounds like it would kick my butt.

Marcy said...

I've heard other people doing this as well. I just might try it ;-)

Nikemom said...

I just started doing the running arms. I do 8 lbs to a count of 50 on one forward leg (stance kinda like your running) and then swith legs and do anotehr 50.

Great warmup!

Anonymous said...

That is a great exercise to do. I think it helps with form as well. Have a great weekend.

Brian said...

Thats a good tip, I am def trying that tomorow!