Cross Training to the Rescue

by Jillian on September 1, 2011 · 9 comments

One thing I love about blogging is that it motivates me to try new things and change up my routine. I have always been the type of person to stick to what’s comfortable or what I’m used to. But now, whether its food or exercises, I consistently find myself wanting to experiment with new things.

This mornings elliptical workout was brought on simply by reading Ashley‘s post yesterday. If you’ve been around for a while, you know about my hips. If not, you can read about it in the About tab. Anyway, I love to run, but I’ve been having pain lately and have really failed to focus on other sorts of cardio.

I have kind of been lying when I say that I’m on the elliptical. There are different types, old and new, at my gym. I typically go on the one that doesn’t have a crossramp, it just has the resistance. It’s a bit easier, you still use your arms, but it doesn’t have any incline. I used to hate the “real” elliptical because it just made my legs burn so bad.

After this 30 minute elliptical HIIT workout, I feel like I’ve been missing out!

At first it was weird trying to figure out a rhythm but it’s really the same as the treadmill. Speed and incline, same difference!

It’s been so long that I guess I didn’t realize how much muscle I’ve built up in my legs. It seemed easier and I felt as if I could increase the crossramp and resistance much higher than I used to. I got a great workout from it and finished it off with 15 minutes on the treadmill. You know I had to squeeze that in there.


So I’m still living off of my HLS swag and I haven’t even used any of the coupons we received yet.

I threw together a smoothie with the following ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk
ice (maybe 8 small cubes)
1/2 frozen banana
a handful of raspberries
1 scoop natural SunWarrior protein powder
1 packet Amazing Grass GREENSuperFood (HLS swag)

I topped it with Cascadian Farms dark chocolate almond granola (yes again, HLS swag) for some crunch.

I’d also like to point out that the only reason I have coconut milk (not to say that I don’t like coconut milk, because I do) is because they were all sold out of the boxed Almond Breeze milk when I went shopping for hurricane Irene. It’s amazing, most of those people have probably never had it but know it’s non-perishable (until you open it). They better not catch on and realize how awesome it is and leave none for me!

I am posting this late because I had vendor appointments for work all morning. Which means, it’s already lunch time! Weeee! Smoked gouda rocks my socks.

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1 Ashley @ Freckles & Spice September 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for the link back. I’m glad you were just as pleasantly surprised by the elliptical as I was!
I am slowly going through my HLS bag too. I never want it to end. I think I need to unpack it though, because I’m sure I don’t even know half the stuff in there still.


2 Jillian September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Oh, I’ve unpacked it and I still forget what I have! LOL Not enough room in the cabinets!


3 Patricia November 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I did this workout tonight….Loved it! I get so bored at the gym with the same cardio workouts over and over! Thanks for sharing!


4 Jillian November 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Glad you liked it! I love mixing things up too, I get bored so easily!


5 Emily May 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

just found your blog last week & ive enjoyed reading all your posts so much – my best friends lives in NYC and i’ve always been so jealous of those that live so close to the city & find reading about NYC life so interesting!! I just tried this workout last night and i loved it also!!!! I always try to do some sort of intervals, but this was completely different than any I have done & i loved the challenge of it!! thanks!


6 Jillian May 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I lived in NYC for a while and never took advantage of it! It is definitely nice to have the option now though even being in Jersey. Let me know if you ever come visit your friend in NYC! :)


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