Barre for Runners with Physique 57
One of the biggest driving factors for me in starting Coffee and Cardio in 2015 was recovering from an aggressively unpleasant running injury I gave myself after running the Boston Marathon six weeks after running the LA Marathon (Not my smartest choice). I was so worried about being “worn out” for my long runs that during both training cycles- even though years of college athletics meant I knew better- I didn’t do almost any cross training. I hobbled across the finish line of both races with a hip injury, frustrated and confused why my times were so much drastically slower than what I had put down in my training. I had cardio for DAYS but almost no core strength, and my body let me know it.
In the past year or so, in order to keep running while preventing injuries, I decided to try a different training plan. I started to run only 2-3 days a week and do 2-3 days of core focused cross training. I quickly found that barre was the complementary training I had been looking for; a low impact way to strengthen, tone and stretch critical support muscles runners tend to neglect in the glutes, hamstrings, arms and core. #themoreyouknow. Hip openers and stretching at the end of class have been a game changer in my flexibility and healing. And if you want some tangible proof: My first half marathon with barre as my primary cross training I PR’d by 10 minutes. #worksmarternotharder.
Whether it’s in studio or on the go with Physique 57 video on demand, barre is changing how I run.
When I shared my first post about Physique 57 for running last week, I also used the handy new poll feature on Instagram stories to ask my fellow runners if they knew anything about barre as cross training for runners. The responses were almost split 50/50- half of you saying “YES, I LOVE IT” and the other half responding “No- Why would I do that?”.
Y’all I am HERE to tell you why. Barre helps me to strengthen muscles critical to running (including gluten, glutes, core, back and those tiny feet muscles) to prevent injury. The stretches built into class routines (especially in @lyndsmak ’s classes) help to lengthen out muscles for those of us who tend to skimp on the post run stretch routine, especially IT Band and Hip Flexors. Getting stronger (physically and mentally) in a low impact way means I’m able to run faster and longer when I hit the road. The hip flexor stretch with Katie and Glutes and Abs with Chad On-Demand classes have been life changing.
I’ve been incorporating studio Physique 57 classes into my running routine since last fall, and started using the Video On-Demand streaming program over the winter; perfect for cross training at home, at the gym and anywhere in between. I am so excited to partner up with Physique 57 to share the launch of a dedicated On-Demand workout program specifically for runners, so you can target all those hard to work muscles from home. Sign up HERE and use the code COFFEE for a one free month trial of the program— perfect for all you runners out there training or recovering for the fall race cycle!