What’s Your Favorite Workout?

100 jumping jacks--followed by 60 more--might just put me over the edge. And maybe that's a good thing.

We're trying to make Another Mother Runner 2.0, to be released within weeks, as strong as your quads are--and as interesting as you are. So we need some more help from you capable, funny, smart women. (Yes, buttering you up. Just play along, okay?)

We asked for your playlists a few weeks ago, and are still accepting them, despite the harsh-sounding deadline. So send tunes our way if you have 'em; all the guidelines are here.

Today, we're pleading for your workouts. All kinds of workouts, like

  1. Your favorite treadmill workouts. And no, that's not an oxymoron. What do you like to do on the 'mill to get your run on? It can be a specific workout (something like 5 minutes at 1% incline, 4 minutes at 2% incline, 3 at 3%, etc.) or just a general idea (I crank the speed for every other song for 40 minutes). Obviously, the more specific, the better, but really, give us what tips you have and we'll combine them into a nice package.
  2. Your favorite strength training workouts. Do you have a go-to routine? My current fave is push-ups, lunges, squats, one-legged squats, tricep dips, pull-ups; do 3 sets of 10-15 reps each. We'd love to hear what you ladies do...and again, we'll take anything, but the more specific you can be, the easier you'll make our lives.
  3. Your favorite speed workout on the track. Do you live for 800's? (If so, have you had your head checked lately?) Seriously, lay out what you like to do when your rubber treads hit the track or the treadmill and you push your limits.
  4. Your favorite run. If you occasionally go beyond distance (4 miles) and time (40 minutes), and spruce things up with intervals or grapevines or high knees, we want to know about it. And again, if you do things in a less structured way--I run hard until I see a white car, then I slow down; I run until I hear a song lyric that reminds me of my kids, then I walk for a minute--we're dying to know.

Basically, our goal is to put together a library of workouts, so that when you're sitting at home, dreading the same-route, same-pace, same-one-hit-wonder routine that you've been doing for weeks, you'll check out a workout and be psyched to lace up.

So don't be shy. As we tell our kids, sharing is a good thing. Ideally, we'd love for you to send us your workouts at runmother at gmail dot com with as much detail as you can give us (the workout, how often you do it); your blog or Twitter handle, if you have either; and a pic of yourself running.

Second best: comment below with your workout. Beggars can't be choosers, after all.

Thanks much, ladies, and happy miles and a peaceful Sunday to you all.


24 responses to “What’s Your Favorite Workout?

  1. For my “favorite” treadmill workout, I increase the incline by 2 notches for one minute, then decrease by 1 notch for one minute, then increase by 2 notches, etc, keeping the same speed throughout. (So, for example, 1 min @ .5 incline, 1 min @ min 1.5, 1 min @ 1, 1 min @ 2, etc.) Keeping track of the pattern means I don’t get bored, and the minutes where I decrease the incline feel like a break, even though I’m still running uphill. I usually work my way up to 4.5 or so. A couple sets of this is TOUGH!

  2. On the track, I love to do the shorter workouts so my favorite is running 200 m or 100 m repeats! Love for those few moments how fast I feel! I love track workouts and how it’s such a different mindset than just getting out there and getting miles in.

    My other favorite speed workouts are fartleks!

    My favorite strength training workouts is the 30 day shred; just all around great workout.

  3. What seems like ages ago, I used to be a high school & college sprinter so I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE speed work (but not really 800’s).

    My favorite speed workout is a ladder… 200m @ 45 sec, 400m @ 90 sec, 600 @ 2:00, 800m @ 3:00, repeat the 800m then head back down the ladder. I do it with a mile warm up and a mile cool down with 200m recovery between each interval. Even though I am not fond of 800’s, there are only two of them and I know the intervals get shorter after that!

  4. strength training- For upper body I do light weights 5 lbs and I do high reps- 50
    For lower body- I do 3 sets of 25 squats while standing over my baby. She thinks it’s hilarious.
    Then I do 3 sets of 25 kettle bell swings.

    My favorite treadmill workout is to do a ladder. I start at 7.0mph for one minute then increase by.10 every minute until I reach 8mph. Then I decrease the speed at the same rate. I do this twice and then cool down.

  5. I cross-train with P90X three days a week. My normal routine (when my PF isn’t ruining my life like it is right now!) is: Monday P90X strength training upper body…tues run 5 miles…wed P90X strength training lower body…thurs run 5 miles…Friday P90x Plyo workout…sat run whatever distance my running club is doing depending on what we are training for at the time. Right now I’m stuck doing modified P90x workouts and running only on my ellipticle until my damn foot heals.

  6. I am an interval treadmill runner
    I start walking for 5 minutes
    Run at 7.0 for 2 minutes
    Walk at 4.0 for 2 minutes
    Run at 7.0 for 3 minutes
    Walk for 2 minutes
    Run at 7.0 for 4 minutes
    Walk for 2 minutes
    Run at 7.0 for 5 minutes
    I will then do the reverse

  7. Wow..I just did this 100 Workout. Yeeouch! The leg lifts killed me, but I have a feeling that this will pay off if I do this every cross training day!

    I do love 800s. The reason is because even though they are so difficult, I feel like I’m getting stronger while I’m doing them. I normally run about a 12:00 mile and they are helping me improve. I do notice that in my other runs, I feel so much better and I feel like my endurance and stamina have improved. When I’m on a treadmill for the other runs, I can up the speed now when I couldn’t before. I now put in 800s once a week, usually on Wednesdays.

  8. ChaLean Extreme 3 days a week for strength (each day works differnt body parts), 2 four mile runs during the week, and a long run on Sundays. Oh, and apparently we’re starting hill repeats this week too. Cross your fingers it doesn’t snow again!

  9. I love total body at the YMCA and bosu step combo classes. I don’t workout on my own but love this concept since I can’t always get to the gym. My all time favorite is Pilates reformer.

  10. I use the treadmill in interval training, usually 30-35 minutes
    Whole workout is on 1.5-2% incline:
    1. 3 minutes walk at 3.8 (RPE 3)
    2. 3 minutes run at 5.5 (RPE 6)
    3. 2 minutes run at 6.5 (RPE 7)
    4. 2 minutes run at 5.5 (RPE 6)
    5. 1 minute run at 6.5 (RPE 7)
    6. 30 seconds run at 7.0 (RPE 8-9)
    7. 30 seconds run at 7.7 (PRE 9-10)
    8. 1 minutes at 3.8 (RPE 3)
    REPEAT 2-8
    Cool down

  11. My favorite workout is a very intense 30 minutes at a new gym that is popping around the US call 9round. You have your own personnel trainer and a gym no bigger than a living room full of different boxing bags. 9 stations. at each station you complete a task for three minutes straight, then you do 30 seconds of active rest. I like to refer to it as Curves on crack 🙂

  12. I teach a kick butt pilates class that someone dubbed Pilates Boot Camp. I borrow from Physique 57 for my thigh and hip wrenching exercises and that is where the best part of the work out happens – after 10 minutes of warm up and arm weights (combined with moves forcing you to hold your core strong), 25 minutes of faster paced ab focused pilates moves, we head into the butt and thigh killers. About 7 minutes each area — thighs we use a playground ball and there is a lot of hip shaking, dipping, and pulsing moves (often to Enrique) and then for hips we isolate each muscle to truly shape and lift. Last minutes are spent doing leg lenthening. My favorite, we stretch once the muscles are warmed and do it after each segment and then a cool down stretch at the end has you ready to take on the day.

  13. My favorite workout is the playground workout. It goes something like this….chest presses pushing the swing…heel raises helping the little one climb the stairs to the slide, climbing the monkey bars or helping little man get across for those triceps I have been meaning to work on. Sprint runs while pushing the swing high enough to run under it….balance beam well for balance and for doing half squats or step ups and downs.

  14. I have a handful of CrossFit/Interval type workouts that I can do at home. Usually Sunday mornings with my husband.

    When I’m working out by myself and need a good workout, but no time (or sometimes desire) to go for a run or hit this gym, I do this. It’s quick (15-20 min) but really a good workout:

    Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

    20 Pushups
    20 Kettlebell (KB) swings
    20 full Sit Ups
    20 KB Swings
    20 KB Squats

    Repeat 3 times with as little rest as possible.

  15. My typical week: 5 miles every mon, tues, thurs, friday, and Sat. Sometimes a 7 miler on Sat. (this is a ‘normal’ schedule, when I am training for a race it’s longer miles) . I love my routine. I go to my sisters house at 6am and we run 1 of 2-5 miles loops we have mapped out. It is so peaceful at that time in the morning!! Towards the end of those runs, I kick up the music and go fast, about 1/2 mile or so.
    The other workout that I just started in Jan. is a class at my local Y called total body blast. I do this twice a week. It involes intervals of plyometrics along with weight lifting. I thought I was in shape till I took this class, it kicks my mother’s a@#!! I love that it is helping me to get stronger as a runner and I am hoping improve my speed. The structure of this class along with accountablity helps me to keep going!

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