Remember how I mentioned that I’ve had trouble making it to KFIT and CrossFit lately? Well, instead of missing these workouts all together, I started using The North Face Mountain Athletics app to make sure I stick with my training. The app is free for iOS and provides you access to 6-week training programs specific to outdoor sports including, running, skiing, climbing and mountaineering. It’s really cool and perfect for those of us with fitness goals and sometimes not a lot of time to train for them.
Ok, let me tell you about the Mountain Athletics app! It’s all about training with a purpose. Whether you’re into rock climbing, ultra-running, or snowboarding, you’ll get a strength and conditioning program specific to your activity. The app includes tons of step-by-step training videos to make sure you have proper form and technique during your workouts. It also has a built-in timer that helps you make the most of your workout. I’m talking fast and sweaty! And as you progress through your program, you earn badges to keep you focused and motivated.
So, that’s the Mountain Athletics app in a nutshell, but now let me tell you why I like it so much. The obvious reason is that it gives me efficient and effective workouts to do while Quinn naps. He’ll typically snooze for 60-90 minutes, but some days it’s less (and I always have things to do around the house + endless work and emails to attend to), so I need to make sure that my time is well spent and my workouts get results. Additionally, the workouts remind me a lot of what we do at CrossFit/KFIT with similar exercises, rep schemes, and the intensity that I love so much. I definitely feel like I get a good workout!
Even if you’re not familiar with CrossFit or just starting out with exercise, you will still benefit from this app because each workout is clearly explained with detailed descriptions and video demonstrations of each exercise.
For instance, one workout that I did had an exercise called “Scotty Bobs” in it. Ummm… say what? I had never heard of this movement before, but it wasn’t an issue since I had a video demo to watch.
The workout that I did the other day was an especially fun one:
Check out the warm-up: 4 rounds of 5 Burpees, 8 Box Jumps, 8 Sit-Ups, and 3 sprints up and down my driveway (so I could check the baby monitor). It was basically a mini workout, and I was definitely warm after that!
Now that the weather is nice, I love exercising outside in the sunshine!
The actual workout was 8 minutes of Burpee Box Jumps + a sprint up and down the driveway. Again, the app clearly explained how to perform Burpee Box Jumps in case you had never done them before.
I also love that the app gives you a preview of the upcoming sweat session in your program. After you finish a workout, you just click on “NEXT TIME” to see what’s coming up. That way, you can plan accordingly (i.e. when and where, equipment needed, etc.), so you don’t have an excuse to miss your next workout!
And, this is especially awesome: The North Face is holding FREE twice-weekly Mountain Athletic workouts in five cities across the country. Each session will be led by two The North Face trainers who will take you through workouts aimed to prepare you to achieve your outdoor goal. FYI: Boston is one of the participating cities. Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-north-face-mountain-athletics-training-boston-tuesday-tickets-16028434479
Questions of the Day
How often do you work out at home? If so, where do you typically get your workouts?
What are your favorite fitness apps?
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