I recently started indoor group cycling also known as spinning as a cross training activity for running. I never thought I would like it, until I actually tried it. 2019 Update: I rediscovered indoor cycling as alternative, low impact and low risk activity during the third trimester of my pregnancy and absolutely love it. Spinning is actually a registered trademark name for indoor group cycling. However the concepts of other group cycling classes are quite similar: a group of people is cycling indoors on special watt bikes guided by an instructor. The instructor defines a basic program with a warm up, hills, intervals, maybe arm exercises and a cool down. The riders cycle to the beat of the music and adjust the resistance according to their own abilities. So why did I fall in love with spinning or indoor cycling classes?
What is Electric Muscle Stimulation?
Electric Muscle Stimulation Training or EMS is a training method where electric current is sent through your muscles and contracts them. In addition you will perform exercises, but it can also be done without. Usually you have to wear a special type of vest or body suit connected to an EMS machine or device. You will be sprayed with water, so the electric current is transmitted to your muscles. The intensity of the current and muscle contraction will be different depending on body position and which exercise you are doing. But you can always adjust the intensity of every body part to your own preference. If this sounds a bit like torture or electrocution to you don’t worry. I’ve been doing it for a while now and it sounds more intimidating than it really is. Here are my top reasons why you should try Electric Muscle Stimulation training.
Are you trying to lose weight? Are you running to shed a few pounds? But are a bit lost? Don’t worry, I would be too. That’s why I have teamed up with my friend Manuela Dietzinger who runs in my OCR team Munich Elite Warriors and at Adidas Runners Munich. While I met her when she was already super fit and fast, I recently found out that she once weighed around 60 pounds more than she does today. And who should give better tips about sustainable weight loss than someone who has achieved exactly that. —
Winter is coming! Where I live, this will mean temperatures well below freezing. I will definitely switch parts of my training routine indoors where I will do some spinning, yoga, strength training and lots of pole dancing. And I will do some winter sports outside, like skiing and ski mountaineering. But I want and need to keep on running outside too. I’ve already written a blogpost about how to run in the dark, so here are my top 5 tips for running in winter.
Tomorrow I’ll be heading off to a race called Getting Tough The Race with my team from Munich Elite Warriors. It is a really tough Obstacle Course Race in Germany, and I was looking forward to it since I signed up last December. But I can’t race due to injury. I found out two weeks ago that I broke a rib before NYC Marathon and World’s Toughest Mudder, and I am still suffering from a shoulder overuse injury. While I could probably still run the race because my legs are fine, it would not be a smart move as I risk aggravating my injuries. Missing a race due to injury is sad, but not the end of the world. Here are 3 reasons how you can still make the best out of your race despite having an injury.
As I am writing this I am sick in bed, struck down with fever and a nasty cold. As annoying as it is, it should not come as a surprise. Three days ago I ran my biggest and hardest race so far and of course I got sick after a race. It was a 50 km obstacle race with 3000m of elevation gain in the hills of Scotland, which took me over 12 hours to finish. But the worst bit was not the distance, the elevation gain or the obstacles. It was the nasty weather. Cold, windy, with fog and heavy rain, just as typical as Scottish Summer weather can be. This is already the second race in 2 months that has taken me out because I have gotten sick afterwards. And this is no surprise, because I have committed every possible mistake that leads to post-race illness.
So here is what NOT to do: