Hi I'm Suzy, the host of Run Lift Mom!

Hi I'm Suzy, the host of Run Lift Mom!

Run Lift Mom is an audio podcast uplifting women and guiding mothers through their fitness journey. Episodes feature expert interviews in the topics of running, strength training, and motherhood.

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Why Cross Training is Important for Runners


In this episode of the Run Lift Mom podcast, we talk about why cross training is important for runners with founder of the COMMIT programs, Melissa Kendter.

Who is Melissa?

Melissa, a Tone and Sculpt Trainer, Functional Training Specialist, United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy Running Coach, creator of the COMMIT programs, is also owner and ACE Certified Personal Trainer of MK Fitness.

I knew I wanted to have her on the show when I heard she believes in cross training as a “secret weapon” for runners.

As a runner herself, she logs 850- miles per year but has a collegiate sports background, having played soccer.

She combines her love for lifting and running into a hybrid cross training style, designed to improve general physical preparedness by integrating mobility and core stability with strength and endurance.

Takeaways via time based show notes:

2:00 Melissa’s background 

3:00 cross training to correct muscle imbalances & improve performance 

4:30 longevity in running as a sport 

6:00 create opportunities for purposeful movement 

8:00 study your schedule to find places for exercise to fit in 

8:45 program movement patterns that aid running (squat, hinge)

10:00 Tone & Sculpt app, Commit program 

Connect with Melissa

Melissa’s main passion is guiding people towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s a holistic approach to running that, frankly, I find refreshing.

Too many trainers focus on one aspect of performance rather than the person as a whole.

Throughout her years of in-person and online personal training, she has educated and supported countless women in their health and fitness journeys.

When we hit “stop” on the show I shared with her that I was an ultra runner in premenopause and she gave me the lift in spirits I needed when she casually said, “Everyone has strengths and limitations. Work with what you’ve got

Of course, I had stopped recording at that point (side note: grrrrrrrrrrrr) but it’s a new mantra for me.

Work with what you’ve got.

Find Melissa on Instagram, the Tone & Sculpt app (offers a free 14 day trial- if you need a holistic approach that includes fitness and nutrition guidance, here it is!), and her website.

This episode was created with support from HumanN and Crowd Cow.

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