In this episode of the Run Lift Mom podcast, we talk about why cross training is important for runners with founder of the COMMIT programs, Melissa Kendter.
Who is Melissa?
Melissa, a Tone and Sculpt Trainer, Functional Training Specialist, United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy Running Coach, creator of the COMMIT programs, is also owner and ACE Certified Personal Trainer of MK Fitness.
I knew I wanted to have her on the show when I heard she believes in cross training as a “secret weapon” for runners.
As a runner herself, she logs 850- miles per year but has a collegiate sports background, having played soccer.
She combines her love for lifting and running into a hybrid cross training style, designed to improve general physical preparedness by integrating mobility and core stability with strength and endurance.
Takeaways via time based show notes:
2:00 Melissa’s background
3:00 cross training to correct muscle imbalances & improve performance
4:30 longevity in running as a sport
6:00 create opportunities for purposeful movement
8:00 study your schedule to find places for exercise to fit in
8:45 program movement patterns that aid running (squat, hinge)
10:00 Tone & Sculpt app, Commit program
Connect with Melissa
Melissa’s main passion is guiding people towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s a holistic approach to running that, frankly, I find refreshing.
Too many trainers focus on one aspect of performance rather than the person as a whole.
Throughout her years of in-person and online personal training, she has educated and supported countless women in their health and fitness journeys.
When we hit “stop” on the show I shared with her that I was an ultra runner in premenopause and she gave me the lift in spirits I needed when she casually said, “Everyone has strengths and limitations. Work with what you’ve got“
Of course, I had stopped recording at that point (side note: grrrrrrrrrrrr) but it’s a new mantra for me.
Work with what you’ve got.
Connect with me
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