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Fitness Feature
•What’s Your Workout is a monthly feature that spotlights readers and their exercise routines. If you would like to be featured, email Kimberly Dupps Truesdell at kdupps@jg.net.
Photos by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Mike Picotte takes a Spinning class at Spiece Fitness. Picotte’s cross-training also includes basketball, cardio and weights. He also competes in mountain-bike races.
What’s your workout: Cross-training

Mike Picotte | 32, Fort Wayne

Picotte’s wife, Hannah, right, joins him for his Spinning class.

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.”

– Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, The Journal Gazette

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