When it comes to running, I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do to achieve a certain goal. But when it comes to strength training, I’m pretty much lost.

I’ve always enjoyed working out however, I’ve just never really done it with much in the way of specific goals or purpose. As a teenager, I joined the gym because everyone else did and I simply did whatever exercises the posters on the wall suggested. After my car accident, I worked out every day but under the careful guidance of a rehabilitative personal trainer and it was so so difficult. 

I’ve had periods of pilates, cross fit, P90X and boot camp and quite honestly enjoyed them all but never really had an end goal. I just liked working out and enjoyed the time doing so with friends.

What’s different today is that I want to be a stronger runner and a stronger person functionally because my back pain has been getting a bit worse over the past year. These are concrete end goals but I’m not sure yet how to get there. I haven’t decided if I need a trainer or if I should just grill my physio and chiropractor for suggestions.

In the meantime though, I’m just trying to do a little bit of everything to get my body used to working out again and to start getting the kinks out. 

One of my ‘used up’ pairs of Mizunos have now been designated my workout shoes...

One of my ‘used up’ pairs of Mizunos have now been designated my workout shoes…

So last night I asked hubby if he’d lead me through his workout routine. He’s been working out at home now for years and has cultivated a set set of routines that are each very compact but effective and he does them 3-5 times per week and it works great for him. 

We started with a short warm up and then got to work. The workout we did tonight was based off of a cardio and core workout he likes so it was kind of a mix of cardio moves and targeted strength/core moves on 1:00 minute intervals.

The first move was a standing core twist kind of thing with squats thrown in and I was glad to hear the interval timer beep after 1:00 minute. We were alternating cardio intervals with core work and it didn’t take long to start feeling it. And just so we’re all clear, my push ups are horrendous.

Some of his core moves were too advanced for my mommy tummy so I did my pitiful planks instead...

Some of his core moves were too advanced for my mommy tummy so I did my pitiful planks instead…

Every time I work out these days I’m always surprised at how tough everything feels. I know I’m pretty weak but I think tight muscles, my bad back and some poor mobility issues make everything even a little bit tougher. Just like with running though, I know I need to stick with it and give it a chance to improve over time.

At the end of our workout, Hubby jumped up and I laid on the floor to catch my breath and rest my legs. It was just a short workout but he totally kicked my butt.

This was my favourite move of the whole thing. Ha ha.

This was my favourite move of the whole thing. Ha ha.

Anyhow, my legs and butt were sore by the end of it and let’s not even talk about my upper body after all those push ups! But I can’t complain. Those aches and pains are just my body thanking me for finally trying to strengthen it up. I’ve thrown all my eggs in my running basket for too long now.

And, even though it felt way too ‘cute’ as we did a lot of the exercises in synchronized unison, it was fun to work out with Hubby. I think he liked teaching ME something since I’m usually the one spouting off about running this and running that.

Do you work out with your spouse? Or even just a workout buddy?

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  1. Ange @ Cowgirl Runs    

    I so need a workout buddy. My dream would be for my bestie and I to live in the same city and kick one another’s assess in running and cross training daily.
    One day. Maybe.
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Yeah, just like running was in the beginning for me, it’s so much easier to get out and do it when someone else is egging you on. I’m not sure if Hubs and I will continue to do all our workouts together but it’s been nice to have someone lead a workout and correct my form etc. One of my favourite times was when a good friend of mine and I did cross fit. It was such a great way to get in shape and spend time together.

  2. Jamie @ Wandering Portlander    

    A workout buddy would be great for strength stuff. I work well with a little bit of competition. Trying to plank just a little bit longer than someone else can definitely be helpful. Of course, not sure that is a great way to build a relationship with your SO :)
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Ha ha. In our relationship there’s no contest so it’s a common understanding that he’s just WAY stronger than me. He’ll beat me at any plank, push up, weight contest but I can run waaaayyyyyy further. :)

  3. Sarah W    

    When it comes to Running, we physically GO together, but he gives me a kiss at the start line and a big hug at the finish when I eventually get there. We go to the gym together and get cardio machines near eachother, and if we’re doing a strength routine, we take turns spotting eachother. I think it’s super healthy to have that sort of support! He just wants me to be happy and get fit to be strong, not to be someone else. I can’t wait until we can get back into this!

    1. slowfastnik    

      That’s how we used to run too. We couldn’t really stay together because he was always so much faster. My hubby doesn’t like going to the gym, he’s always been a home worker-outer but it’s nice too because that makes it pretty easy for us to do together. And don’t worry, you’ll get there in time. :)

  4. Terry    

    I run with my hubby whenever we can work out babysitting, etc, but we’ve never strength trained together. My RP and I do meet every week and ST, it’s very motivational, and lately we’ve been taking turns making up the workouts, which turns into a bit of a who can kick the other’s butt the hardest contest, which turns into a very good workout! I think that ST’ing is a great way to improve your running, prevent injury and help your whole body feel better, so great work!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      I love that idea of taking turns making up the workouts! I’d love to have someone I can do it with all the time so Hubs will do whenever our schedules work out that way. I’m hoping that by doing more ST i can get to that point where I have fewer injuries and can focus on getting faster instead of ‘getting through’ some of the aches and pains…

  5. NLF    

    Having a workout buddy is truly great. It is good to know that someone is there to help you reach your goal. Is working at home more beneficial than doing it in the gym?
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  6. Vasili Gatsinaris@ Next Level Wellness    

    It is great to workout with someone who can give you a push when you need it. Try not to push yourself too much though. It is always beneficial to listen to what your body is telling you.

    1. slowfastnik    

      And that’s one of my number one goals considering I’ve got so many ongoing problems from previous injuries. I need to ‘kick myself in the butt’ but at the same time, be careful to build my strength up slowly so I don’t get hurt!

  7. Annette    

    I notice this article is a few months old but I’m so glad I found it! I recently wrote an article about my experience working out with my boyfriend. He is all about strength training and I am more about running. I tend to ignore strength training, mostly because it terrifies me. It’s so helpful to have someone to push me to do something I would rather not. I’m hopeful we can hold each other accountable for these types of workouts as we have agreed to do them more together….and because we are considering our first half marathon!! eek!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Well I’m glad you found it then! Hubs and I have never really worked out much together, probably for the same reason as you guys – I run and he does more strength stuff. While I was injured however, it was a great motivator to work out together and kind of fun too! We still do a couple times a week and also did a healthy eating thing starting in January. So much more motivating when both of you are on board! And good luck with your half! Hubby actually did run when we trained for our first one together. So fun.

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