Web of ideas
Today's blogger: Marissa Stephenson, Shape's assistant fitness editor
On Saturday I was lying on the couch, trying to get motivated to work out. I thought about my typical routine-a few free-weight exercises, a half-hour on the elliptical, and two sets of crunches-and nixed the trip to the gym altogether because it sounded so blah. I needed new ideas, stat! So I did some digging and found three nifty Web sites that can breathe some new life into my workout-and yours. Check them out, and let me know if you've found any cool ones lately.
ibootonthego.com For $30, you can download a 45-minute video bootcamp workout to your computer or MP3 player. Two trainers demonstrate the cardio and strength moves, while a voice-over tells you what to do. It's just as effective as a live class, but you can do it anywhere.
UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com This site lets you download free photos and descriptions of mat Pilates moves. Choose a few, then mix up the order every time you work out.
Usatf.org/routes Use the "Running Route" feature to search for trails near you or map a run (or walk) you've already done to find out the distance. (On Sunday I strolled from 86th Street and Lexington Avenue to Union Square, and that's 3.5 miles-not too shabby for window-shopping in Manhattan.)