What is Cross Training?
Cross Training involves a well-rounded program that includes cardio, strength training, agility training, flexibility, a fun sport that you like such as tennis, biking, basketball, etc, and some form of outdoor activity.
Why is Cross Training Important?
Cross Training is important because the different activities challenges your body, strengthen your body, and makes you less prone to injuries. If you continuously do the same exercises, you tend to overuse certain muscle groups, making it more difficult to lose weight and build muscle mass. Therefore, in order to burn calories, tone, sculpt, and build muscle, you have to switch up your exercises and try new things.
So now the question is….HOW DO I CREAT A Cross Training Program?
First, write down all the exercises you like to do. For example, if your favorite workout is running, then you might want to mix in swimming, yoga and strength training. You want to make it an overall balanced workout or call it a total body workout.
What if you are the type who loves to take various fitness classes?
Then you might want to choose classes from kickboxing, Zumba, Cardio Blast, Body Pump, etc. And don’t forget to add yoga or Pilates to the mix.
What if you are the type who likes to weight train?
Then you definitely want to spend some extra time stretching or even take a yoga class. Weight training can tend to tighten the muscles and if stretching is not part of the program, it can lead to injures and can keep you from doing what you love best…weight training.
So here is my Sample Cross Training Schedule:
For those of you who like to take Fitness Classes:
Monday: “Shape Up” Boot Camp
Wednesday: “Shape Up” Boot Camp
Thursday: Zumba Toning or Final Cut (SM Golds)
Friday: Active Rest
Saturday: A Fun Sport of your choice
Sunday: Outdoor Activity or Fitness Hike (RSVP to set up a fitness hike)
For those of you who enjoy doing their own workout:
Monday: Treadmill Run/Core Abs
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: Stair Climber/Core and Abs
Thursday: Yoga or Pilates
Friday: Elliptical/Core and Abs
Saturday: Active Rest
Sunday: Outdoor Activity or Hiking
You are more likely to workout on a regular basis if you keep your workout fresh and always try new things. Changing things up and trying new exercises will make you want to workout which leads to a happy and healthy fitness regimen.