Cross Training for Runners

Cross training

 

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).

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  •  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.

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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,

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3 comments to Cross Training for Runners

  1. I spend all my time cross training at the moment, particularly cross fit/circuits! I am injured and I need to exercise or I will go mad with all my left over energy at the end of the day!

  2. fittyduck says:

    I try to do either strength, pilates, walking or yoga when I’m not running. I think it is a good thing to get in the habit of doing as it can prevent boredom from running all the time.

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