Cross Training: Switching From Running to Weight Training

It’s been raining in San Diego the past few days.

I haven’t been running, but I’ve seen a few diehard runners running out there in the rain. I admire their spirit and dedication.

But, my calf muscles were sore, so I switched gears and decided to do some weight resistance training indoors on Saturday and Sunday.

It felt good, and I’m sure my knees and my leg muscles were thanking me for it.

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Following Jack LaLanne’s Free Weights Routine

To make things simple, I simply followed Jack LaLanne’s free weights routine from his recent book, “Live Young Forever”. He also has a routine for doing weight resistance training at the gym, but since I don’t currently have a membership to a gym (and my frugal philosophy forces me to use free weights at home) I opted to do the free weights routine.

Jack LaLanne’s free weights routine includes many of the old-time standard exercises with free weights… bicep and tricep curls, military press, etc.

I don’t have a bench to do the bench press and so on, so instead I did pushups.

There is something like 15 weight exercises to do in the free weights routine (this includes two types of crunches for an Ab workout), and I went easy and used 10 lb. weights and did 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

Somehow, I still ended up feeling soreness in some of my muscles, so it was a good workout.

Just trying to mix things up. I know that running every single day might make me vulnerable to injury, so whenever I feel that my calf muscles and knees are taking a beating, I will rest and try to do something else and cross train.

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Live Young Forever

Live Young ForeverAs for Jack LaLanne’s book, “Live Young Forever”, I can’t recommend it enough. He offers some practical advice, many of which seems to be common sense and some knowledge on fitness and nutrition that is standard stuff. It’s the way he presents it in a 12 Step Program that makes it really cool.

I’ll repeat this again but it’s more logical to bank on a fitness expert who has lived to his mid-90s and seems to still be going strong. It’s pretty much that he’s had a proven track record that you tend to believe someone when they are promoting the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

Jack LaLanne’s definitely someone who’s totally lived it, and did all those superhuman stunts that also prove he’s built up the strength and endurance from his training programs and dietary regimen.

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Random Notes

It’s been just a month since I seriously started getting back into walking and running.

I’ve done Yoga here and there, but it’s not a daily routine like I used to do. But I’d like to do more. Just trying to achieve the perfect balance and harmony for myself; between Yoga, Running, Walking, and Weight Training.

Still trying to play it by ear, experiment with different schedules and (especially at my age) trying to avoid injury which would sideline me for weeks and possibly months. Also, I’m a working, professional drummer, so I can not afford to be sidelined by any sort of injury, so I tread cautiously.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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