My devotion to running is clear. I prefer “devotion” to “addiction.” However, I’m total slacker in the cross training department. It’s easy for me to motivate myself in terms of mileage, but cross training isn’t always so easy to log, track, analyze, and obssess over (you know I was less than a mile away from hitting 60 miles last week?).
And then I discovered this Nike training app – for free! I have a feeling it’s been around forever, and I just totally missed it. But I am so happy I found it! Hooray!
I’m almost positive that my favorite part is that your rewards are —> MORE WORKOUTS!! That’s totally my attitude in life. I love it. I’m totally eyeballing that one on the bottom. I’m going to need to log 750 more minutes for that yoga workout!
Because I am an overachiever, I started with an advanced workout – The Shake Down. It was a 30 minute full body workout incorporating my three of my least favorite things: plyometrics, stretching, and weights. Yuck, yuck, and yuuuuuck! But I love that the app keeps you moving at a snappy pace, and that you can’t really skip the stetches and complete the workout. Confession: I always skip the last 2-3 minutes of Jillian. I have things to do!!! They sucked me in with their rewards system, and I must complete the workout!!! I’m no tramposa!
*Side note* I love the Fill in the Blank Wall. The would be super fun for a wedding/party/special event.**
I am a girl who loves themes so trust me when I say that I was clothed from head to toe in Nike when I tested out the NTC app. Watch out, Lululemon, Nike is trying to steal back one of their star athletes.
In case you’re wondering how the app works, let me break it down. I know there are some certain moms who read this blog. Before you start the workout, you can choose a playlist to correspond with your workout. An voiceover will interrupt the music every time you need to change exercises. It also does a little cheerleading. If you’re not sure how to do, for exampe, Plank Rows, you can pause and click the video for a demo. You can then resume your workout. I had to stop to see a few demonstrations, but it would probably be a better idea to preview them before you begin. Many of the workouts include exercises with medicine ball, but most of the time you can substitute dumbbells if necessary.
I plan to purchase some sort of arm band (perhaps this one from ifitness) so I can listen to the app through my headphones. Today I played it over the speakers. Luckily no one else was in the gym.
I enjoyed a mini lunch of green beans and pasta because I knew I wanted to get to the gym right away in the afternoon. I don’t do well on a full stomach!
Kevin had the man’s version of this dish with spaghetti pasta & some red meat. This is the first time I’ve ever made him spaghetti! I told him I was embarrassed because this is one of the few dishes he made for himself as a bachelor!
I think it’s really funny that Kevin never knows what he’s going to get for lunch. Would you like that? I mean, he knows I’ll coook him something he likes, but it’s a surprise 90% of the time! I feel like I would hate that? What if I wasn’t in the mood for it? Maybe that’s just a girl thing. He’s just thankful there’s a meal on the table.
Have you ever tried the Nike Training Club? Another fitness app? I also used iMapmyrun when my Garmin was on the fritz. Pocket Yoga is good too, but I’m without a mat/good place to practice. I’ll update you on my progress. Probably more often than you’d like.
Do you like to cross train or just stick to one sport? I’d be happy if running was the only thing I ever had to do, but I don’t want to lose the tone in my upper body. If you know me, my rocking back is my favorite part of myself. It’s true. You would know that if you were forced to ride the bus daily with me in the DR.
Can you suggest a good iPhone armband? I think I prefer them to the little sporty fanny packs. Haha. I’ll just laugh now because you know I’ll be nerding it up one someday when I’m serious marathon training.