Mike Picotte likes to ride his mountain bike.
And play basketball and run and attend group fitness classes, such as Spinning and Group Power at Spiece Fitness.
In fact, he likes to do it all.
I’m always cross-training, the 32-year-old Fort Wayne man says. A lot of cross-training works different muscles and keeps things fresh.
Picotte has also found that cross-training helps avoid overusing and stressing muscles – key for him as he trains for mountain-bike racing events, recently completing the Mud, Sweat and Beers 20-mile Stout race in Traverse City, Mich.
Typical week: A typical week will be cardio/weights on Monday; basketball leagues on Tuesday and Wednesday; Spinning on Thursdays, with more weights/cardio on Friday. Saturday, I participate in some group fitness by doing both Spinning and BTS Group Power at Spiece. I’ll usually follow that up with some more cardio in the afternoon if I have time. Sunday, I try and take the day off, but will be riding my bike.
How did you get started: I was always active, but got out of shape for a while. When I was coming up on a 10-year class reunion (which my class never had), I got back into shape. It was a complete lifestyle change with both diet and exercise. After that it just became an every day thing to do.
What do you like about it: I love the energy boost I get and feeling good.
Difficulty: Motivating yourself to keep eating right and working out and sticking with it can sometimes be the most difficult thing to do.
Advice for beginners: Stick with your routine. It is easy to want to skip days, but your energy level will boost a few minutes into your workout and you won’t be tired anymore. Also, losing weight and staying in shape is both a combination of diet and exercise. It is a complete lifestyle change. Doing activities you enjoy (for me playing basketball in a league and group fitness classes) keeps things fun.
Gear and cost: A gym membership and an iPod to help with the intensity. If you are going to participate in Spinning, having the proper shoes will really help.
Motivation: Working out in a group also keeps me motivated. On down days, I can feed off the energy of others.
Future fitness goals: Just to keep training hard for it and improve times.