ASK THE INSTRUCTOR! 11 Sep 2012
I Lithe about 5 - 6 times a week, and have been since April. My body has completely changed in all kinds of ways I never thought possible, and I'm in better shape than ever. I do a pretty good mix of band, barre, cardio, and sculpting classes. However, on my recent vacation my boyfriend and I went for a run on flat terrain and I could barely keep up. I literally had trouble running for longer than a minute at a time. Is this common? Is there something wrong with me? Should I be adding a couple of runs in addition to my Lithe schedule? I have never been able to run easily, especially not outside. I'm the opposite of athletic, so it's always been a challenge.
Any advice you have is greatly appreciated. Thanks! M
Yes, this can be a common experience if you don't run regularly. Most runners who come to Lithe feel really weak when Lithing, but over time, they also always say that Lithe has made them a stronger, faster runner. In a nutshell, you're Lithe-strong, but you're not running-strong simply because Lithe is not running.
Comparing Lithe to running is like comparing Lithe to Yoga. They are two very different animals! Regarding movement and the way that the body responds cardiovascularly, running is like highway driving and Lithing is like city driving. Lithing is actually more difficult for the body to do, but there are also so many variables that we really don't know about that day that you went for a test drive. Like our band classes. Are you taking Waspie and Split or Higher Power and Pom? How fast was your boyfriend running? Was it really hot that day?
Nope, there's nothing wrong with you, but if you feel like you are missing something, you would only need to supplement with one 30-40 minute run a week or a Hot-stepper. I hope this helps!
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