What’s going on, you might think. A post on Tuesday? I’ll get to that but first let me say we had the most beautiful Spring day today: lots of sunshine and 17C (62 degrees). First thing I did when I got home was taking Bella for a walk so we could both enjoy the weather.
I have a dilemma and I need your opinion on this matter.
As you know I go to a Pilates class once a week. And I like it although I’m also getting a bit bored at it lately.
I’m very happy with how my lower body looks, I’ve got firm and strong legs. My calves are even getting to muscular because I’ve noticed lately that my boots are getting tighter.
But my upper body is a different story. I’m not happy with that. My upper arms are weak. My stomach is too big and I would like to have a smaller waist.
Pilates is good for flexibility and I know it’s good to do it besides running but so is yoga.
Pilates hasn’t shown any improvement at my upper body so far.
I think I need to start strength training again to get a stronger upper body which will give me benefit at my runs too.
I don’t have the time and honestly I don’t want to add another workout to my workout schedule for the week. I run 4 times a week, go to Pilates once a week and sometimes do a short yoga session. I love running the most, everything else I do is to get better at running.
Another benefit of strength is that I will get more muscles instead of fat and muscles burn more energy. And I still want to lose weight but right now I’m either maintaining or gaining my weight. I need a boost (and watch my food intake) to start losing weight again.
This means I have to choose: Pilates or Strength.
I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now and I’m almost certain what I’m going to do but I tell you about that tomorrow. I also want your opinion before I make my final decision.
My question for you: if you are limited in the time you have to workout and you don’t want to skip runs, what would you choose: Pilates or Strength training and why?
And if you suggest strength, should I work on my legs too or focus on my upper body?