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WINTER IS COMING: 3 Pieces of Equipment to Stand-In for Running

by Vikki Schembri on November 10, 2019

Yes, winter is coming.
We don’t want to admit it; but pretending it’s not right around the corner ain’t gonna stop winter from knocking the wind out of our lungs when we go for a run and turn that very corner in the next couple of weeks!
Well, you can try jogging in your snow pants and parka. But if you live in a Northern climate, it might be in your better interest to start planning for running alternatives.

Finding Running Alternatives is About Safety

If the temperature is below 0 degress Fahrenheit (or -18 degrees C), be advised you should not run more than 30 minutes outside.

Stephen Fealy, M.D., describes that ignoring this advice can result in hypothermia, frostbite, and – since your ability to feel pain is reduced in the cold – you might overwork yourself or agitate old injuries without realizing.

For these reasons, we want to tell you about three pieces of equipment that you can use to train your endurance and get your heart rate up; but without having to step outside.

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes have been LAUDED for their awesomeness. They are fun to use and provide great results! Dan Saldino (Ryan Reynold’s trainer) refers to them as a “pulse-pushing exercise”.

These ropes can train your upper body’s power, strength, aerobic capacity, and also build lean body mass. You can “improve your rotational and multi-planar strength and stability, scapular health, force production” and also use them as a tool for decompression, says Vice.

Runners Blueprint, a running magazine, is stoked on Battle Ropes and says they are one of the best total body workouts you can do – and working with Battle Ropes should also improve your running!

Skipping Ropes

Skipping is one of the most efficient ways to get your heart racing, body sweating, and fat melting. Plus, it makes for incredible accessory work for various facets of athleticism!

Skipping can burn up to 1600 calories an hour; it improves your coordination, stamina and focus; and it is probably the cheapest running-replacement piece of equipment!

Like running, skipping increases your heart rate, making your heart muscles work harder to pump blood across your body, and making it stronger and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Plyo Boxes

While box jumps aren’t exactly like running, Plyo Boxes are awesome for getting your heart rate up when you are in a confined space.

The moves you can use your plyo box isn't just confined to box jumps, though. Elevated mountain climbers, step up/overs, plyo push ups, and more will add some intensity and require your body to generate more power to complete these exercises, compared to the regular versions.

"PLYOMETRICS” refers to the use of explosive, jumping training that forces muscles to exert maximum force in short intervals of time with the aim of increasing power – i.e. increasing speed and strength together. This style of training is meant to make you better, faster, stronger, and more powerful!

Training with Plyo Boxes through the winter will keep your cardio vascular system primed for spring when you can run again - and might even make you sprint a little faster than before! 

No slowing down this winter!

With these 3 awesome pieces of equipment, you are guaranteed to hold on to your speed and fitness when the temperatures drop. What are some of your tips for keeping up your momentum and motivation when the snow flies?

Share them in the comments below!

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