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A question about Couch to 5K!


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I'm starting the couch to 5k program soon, and I noticed that the program puts importance on taking a day of rest in between each workout. Is this a rest from cardio, or from all exercise? Would it still be okay for me to do strength training in between these workouts??

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I just finished the program, and believe me it works.  I did a variety of workouts on the off days, sometimes strength and sometimes more cardio.  I've also been doing Leslie Sansone's bootcamp video here and there.  It's a combination of brisk walking and short stints of what she calls "boosted walking" but is more like a jog along with a bit of strength training with resistance bands.  I'd say take one day off a week, so you'd do C25K three days and something else three days.  That should be fine.

Original Post by ela_2842:

 Would it still be okay for me to do strength training in between these workouts??


I'm at the end of week four and I've been doing NROLFW on alternate days.  I don't know if it's officially "allowed,"  but I feel great.  

Edit:  I also take one day of complete rest.  

I'm also doing the couch to 5k plan. I do my the plan as stated and take time off. I do strength training on my off day (workout dvds). I found that to be more easier. When I first started I would 6 days out of the week and I was pushing myself to hard so I stopped but now I'm back on the plan and have picked my 5k (May 29-I would just be starting my ninth week then).  With strength training you have to give yourself a day to rest anyway which is why I alternate. If you do them on the same day you can do something else on the off day like swim or something else you like.

Thanks guys!

I think I'll alternate C25k with my jillian michaels dvds then.

Training doesn't make you stronger. REST AFTER training makes you stronger. If you're not resting your muscles after working them out, they don't have a chance to rebuild. The rebuilding is when you get stronger/faster/more endurance.

If you're starting a running routine, then don't run at all during your rest days. If you want to still do weights for your upper body, that's fine. But you should avoid other cardio workouts on your rest days. That includes cycling.

Hope this helps.

It can be good to have an active rest day, where you don't run, but do something like yoga, pilates or taking a long walk. 

I'm very familiar with the program though I've never used it.  I have been training for a 12k with a good friend and we laugh at how differently our bodies respond to the exercise.  My friend has to work out every day or else she feels sluggish and has a noticeably harder workout the first day back.  For me, a day of rest between work outs improves my endurance.  So my suggestion is to just start trying things and see how it goes.  If you feel really tired, tweak the training a little.

Original Post by caverlady:

I just finished the program, and believe me it works.  I did a variety of workouts on the off days, sometimes strength and sometimes more cardio.  I've also been doing Leslie Sansone's bootcamp video here and there.  It's a combination of brisk walking and short stints of what she calls "boosted walking" but is more like a jog along with a bit of strength training with resistance bands.  I'd say take one day off a week, so you'd do C25K three days and something else three days.  That should be fine.

i'm currently doing couch to 5k, problem is i've got to week 5. you go from 5 mins, to 8 mins, then suddenly 20 mins in one week!! i just about managed to do 8 mins but i cannot see myself anywhere near ready to do 20 mins solidly... how did you do it? to make this worse, right after i managed to do the 8 mins day i got flu and haven't run for over a week and a half. i think i'm going to have to go back to week 4 :(!

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