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Yes, Pole Dancing Is Considered Cross Training

By Brisdon @shutuprun

You guys crack me up. In my last post I told you how much I hate anything to do with vomit and then you proceed to write me graphic stories about when your kids/husband puke. For me this is like a bad wreck on the highway. I cannot turn away! I must read every vomitus detail. Thanks for that!

Today I am trying to be a good little runner, so I went and did my least favorite form of cross training: swimming.


{Underwear is optional, but I always wear it because I might get into an accident and I don't want to be caught without it}.

When I got home, Ken and I had a deep discussion:

Ken: How was it?
Me: Okay.
Ken: Did you have fun?
Me: Sure. Back and forth. Back and forth. 86 times. I fell asleep and almost drowned.

Actually I am being dramatic, it wasn’t that bad. When I swim I like to do specific workouts to keep it interesting and this was today’s:

Warm Up: 200 free, 200 kick, 400 free
Main: 7 x 150 @ 3:00 min with 20 seconds rest
Cool Down: 100 kick, 100 pull, 100 free
Total: 2,150 yards

Find 50 swim workouts HERE

I don’t know how long it took, but it felt like forever. Maybe 50 minutes? I worked on my flip turns which meant I got lots of water up my nose and gagged a few times.

Many fitness websites tell you why cross training is important. Go to one of those for the specifics. But, if you want to know why I think cross training is important, read below:

  • It helps you not get injured which means you can avoid being a bitch to your friends and family.
  • It forces you to shave in areas you might not otherwise.
  • You get exposure to things like pool locker rooms where naked older people engage you in conversations (great story that happened to Ken HERE).
  • If you cross train enough, you probably will then want to do a triathlon. All the cool kids are doing it and tris seems to be the trajectory for runners who get injured and start cross training (I just like using the word “trajectory” in a sentence. Makes me sound smatr).
  • You meet a whole new breed of people, which means a whole new slew of unsolicited advice from strangers. YES!
  • You get to buy even more gear such as a bike, a swimsuit, goggles, bike shorts, bike shoes, stand up paddle boards, yoga mats, etc. You might also need to join a gym. Money is no object when it comes to your health, eh?
  • You will develop new muscles you did not know you had. I have doing tons of breast stroke with hopes of developing breasts. I know it is in my future.
  • If you think outside of the box, you can introduce things like Pole Dancing to your cross training repertoire and use your stripper name. But, be careful. Kids are watching.

Yes, Pole Dancing Is Considered Cross Training

The back story about this picture is that the mom was at Home Depot during a snowstorm
and people were fighting over who got to buy the last shovel.
Her daughter then drew this picture. Sure. Right.

There you have it. I hope I have convinced you to add variety to your life.

What’s your favorite form of cross training? Running. Oops sorry. I suppose cycling, but only when it’s warm.

Ever taken pole dancing class? Some friends and I did once a few years ago. I sucked.

Do you triathlons too or just run? I do both. I love tris, but the training can be time consuming. An Ironman is on my bucket list for sure!


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