I’m a runner, I write about what I know, what I love. I certainly don’t know it all, but I love to share what I do!
What is cross training? Here’s what Wikipedia says. (source)
Cross-training (also known as circuit training) refers to an athlete training in sports other than the one that athlete competes in with a goal of improving overall performance.
If you are a runner or you workout at all, you are hopefully cross training. I do several cross training workouts. It gives my legs a break and my goal is to not get injured or burned out on running. There are a wide range of workouts you can do to cross train, these are just some I’ve tried (or looked into).
- Swim: I’ve just recently been swimming in the last 4-6 weeks. It’s difficult but getting easier. It’s a great workout and perfect for the day after my long runs. It doesn’t impact my joints like running does.
- Walking: I will always promote walking, it’s how I got 30 pounds off! It’s great exercise and it’s free! You definitely need to be moving at a pace that gets your heart rate going.
- Biking: I have bike, I don’t really ride it much but I should. I am not as confident riding a bike with traffic behind me.
- Lift weights: Something I love! Weight lifting and core work is so important for runners and should not be neglected. Start with 5-10 pounds at home, doesn’t have to be anything real heavy to work up a sweat.
- Yoga: I’ve tried it a few times and really like it. I just haven’t made more time in my schedule for it.
- Spin Classes: Really any classes at the gym would be good. I’ve done a few spin classes and it really pushed me. I need to get back in there!
- Nike Training Club: I love these classes and I have the app on my phone. If you don’t have a gym membership download the app. I was going to these classes every Saturday until I started doing my long runs that day. I would be so sore I could hardly move on Sunday. It’s great strength, cardio and drills! I highly recommend it if you have access to one.
- Cross Fit: This is one I have not tried at all but I hear great things about it. I know several people that have incorporated Cross Fit into their running schedule.
These are just some of the cross training options available. It can benefit anyone, not just runners. When I was toward the end of my weight loss, it got a little stagnant. I joined a gym and started incorporating other workouts and running and I was able to lose the last few pounds I needed. Sometimes you just need to shake things up a little. Now I do it to keep from getting bored or burned out!
Are you cross training? What have you tried?
Did you workout today?
Have a great day,
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1