If you are leading a busy lifestyle and/or find it hard to fit a workout in, then you have come to the right place.
The solution I’m going to offer you today might be the exact thing you need to cross train without throwing your whole running lifestyle out of whack!
That’s what we all want, after all.
The Good News
I recently had the pleasure and the opportunity to review the MASH Up workouts system, and hands down, I believe it’s one of the ideal training systems for busy people (and runners alike) out there.
In fact, if 15 minutes is all you have, then MASH Up will have you covered.
Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with Mashup. I received full access to all ten online workouts and had included them in my training routine. Although I was paid to publish this reviews, the ideas and suggestions shared below are 100 percent mine.
Cross Training and HIIT
As you all know, I am a huge fan of cross training and high-intensity interval training.
As a runner, cross training is good for you for so many reasons. It can help you fix muscles imbalances, boost power in key running muscles and keep your fitness level soaring high (especially if you are in a running rut, or got yourself injured).
And according to research high-intensity interval workouts is one of the best ways for losing weight and boosting fitness level.
Also, HIIT is ideal for busy runners. If you don’t have time to do another 45 to 60 minutes run, then you can still get in a good sweat with a short HIIT workout.
What’s more? HIIT has been shown to boost the production oaf human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 500 percent the first 24 hours following a workout, according to research.
I can go on and on about the importance of high-intensity interval training, but it’s beyond the scope of this blog post.
For the full guide to high-intensity training, check my post here.
So, what Mashup workouts have to do with HIIT?
I believe that MASHUP offers a good HIIT formula that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
So what is it all about?
The Mashup training system is the brainchild of two moms, Jamie Zacharias, and Stacy Redwine, both fitness and exercise experts who understood the unique challenges that come with getting and staying in shape with kids around.
At its core, the MASHUP™ system is a variable intensity interval training, or VIIT for short, that can help you perform high-intensity interval workout combined with mind/body and agility & strength.
MASH stands for:
• High-Intensity Intervals
In other words, Mashup is fun training system that features some of the best HIIT conditioning exercises, agility moves, yoga and other mind-body practices.
The Workouts Features
After a trying the online workouts for a week, I ended up loving them so much.
Here are a few reasons
It’s for everyone
The Mashup training system offers workouts for all fitness levels. Each workout has three different levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (with a pregnant woman demonstrating the lowest level).
As a result, while doing the workouts, you could scale up or down your training intensity according to your own fitness level and training goals.
I found myself opting for level 3 for most of the exercises, but there were a few where I had to drop back to level 2. In fact, there were some exercises in there that I have never done before. And I really loved that!
Challenges the whole body
When it comes to making the most out of your strength training, I believe that full body exercises are the way to go—especially for us runners.
Full body exercises recruit lots of muscles, burn mad calories, boost metabolism, improve balance, challenge coordination, and do not require a huge time commitment—all of which can help you get fit in the shortest time possible.
The good news is that the Mashup routines are total body workouts per excellence.
Short and Simple Workouts
Each workout lasts for no more than 16 minutes, and you can do as many or ass little segments as you see fit.
Each workout is split into three main segments: 5 minutes of agility and strength, followed by 5 minutes of high-intensity moves, and finally, 5 minutes of Mind/Body exercise.
All in all, the workout follow a similar format, but the routines challenge your body in a myriad of different ways, so it’s not boring at all.
No equipment required
Most of the exercises require little to no equipment at all. For the most part, all you need is a mat, a bit of space, your body weight and a set of dumbbells.
In the end, I m quite satisfied with my workout experience with the online MASHUP workouts, and I think they are perfect for the busy runner.
You could squeeze them first thing in the morning or right after a run.
Make them work for you
As a runner myself, I believe that this system can help you increase strength and power while also reducing the risks of injury. Nonetheless, you have to be careful here. Some of the exercises featured in the workouts videos are quite advanced.
As a result, be sure to opt for the right training level. And do not do more than you can handle. Otherwise, you’ll be in a world of hurt. And you don’t want that.
Get The Workouts
You can get all 10 of these online workouts for $35 with unlimited lifetime access at Booya Fitness – the Evolution of HIIT.