It's no secret I love pizza! If you've known me even for a short period of time or follow me on social media, you know about my in-home dinner show business Magic by the Slice. Often times people say to me, "you don't look like a pizza chef" and while I'll admit, I'm not the skinny runner that I used to be, I'm healthier and stronger than I've been in a long time! So this page is where I shall post workouts that I do to earn my pizza and you can too!
4+CORE Pizza Earned Basics
The following is comprised of some of my favorite basic strength exercises. I suggest performing this workout 2 x weekly with at least 2 days rest between workouts for 4-6 weeks. Should you need alternate exercises due to your current level of fitness or equipment needs, and you're in the Chicago area, email me to set up a one-on-one (or two on one if you prefer to train with a friend) training session* Now let’s get started!
WARM-UP A proper warm-up before any workout helps stimulate blood flow, warm-up your muscles and tendons and fire up your neuromuscular system for performance. After a general 5-10 min easy jog, perform 1 set of 10 reps (on each side when applicable) of each dynamic warm-up exercise. This should only take you about 7 min. Watch the video here.
Glute bridge march
Floor hip twist - aka windshield wiper
Rock and reach
Body weight squat
Side lunge hop
STRENGTH The following workout was originally designed for runners who have done little to no strength training yet is a workout from which any beginner can benefit! It's comprised of 4 lower body movements (push, pull, lateral & explosive), 4 upper body movements and 2 supplemental core exercises (a plank and rotation).
While super setting (performing 2 exercises back to back with no rest) is just beyond a basic level of intensity, if you’ve been somewhat active, I think you can handle it.
Example: Perform 8 reps of squats immediately followed by 8 reps of single leg glute bridge. Rest 30-45 sec and repeat for two more rounds. Then move on to Superset 2. Do the same for your upper body and core work. Click here to view the exercises in this workout!
LOWER BODY Superset 1
Single Leg Glute bridge
Band resisted side step
UPPER BODY Superset 1
Standing dual row
Band resisted pull apart
Front Plank - goal 45 sec
Tight band rotation - 10 reps on each side
USE WHAT THE PROS USE! Click the images below to purchase what I believe to be the highest quality resistance bands allowing you to remain consistent and never miss a workout! No, I DO NOT get a kick back when you purchase from RBT, I just really believe in Dave and his products!
"Brian has made a huge difference this year. I no longer experience running injuries and my recovery time is much quicker. I ended up running my best marathon ever. Brian's strength coaching made it possible for me to hold an ideal form well into the late stages of the race, and resulted in a Boston Marathon qualifying time." -Mark S. Marathoner/Ultra-marathoner Darn cool British dude!
*Training sessions take place at either TruFit Personal Training Studios in Evanston or HiFi Fitness in River North. I can also come to you but additional charges may apply.
IMPORTANT: The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work and website are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. The author shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this website/program. You, as a reader of this website/program, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare.