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What is Cross Training?

Cross training is a term originally used by athletic trainers. When athletes are cross training, they perform exercises that strengthen muscle groups without focusing on the repetitive motions of their sport. For instance, athletes who run a lot need to cross train with weights so they are strong. Conversely, it is important for athletes who focus on weight training to also perform cardio exercises so they can stay lean. Lastly, stretching and flexibility are important for everyone, which is why many athletes cross train with yoga, ballet, and other disciplines that encourage those attributes.

Cross training has also become its own sort of sport. Thousands of people are learning about and training through workout programs that focus on training your body by mixing up workouts regularly. You can check out X – FIT for a generalized cross training class, or the HEAT Program if you want to kick it up a notch, here.

Benefits

Experts and trainers agree, cross training gives you a great workout, longer periods of residual fat burning, and in less time than traditional workouts. The range of possible exercises are nearly limitless. You may do pull ups, jumps, or squats; you may lift weights, flip tires, or wave the battle ropes as hard as you can. The main limitations are your fitness level, which will improve with each session, and your imagination!

Risks

When it comes to moving our bodies, there is always risk. Even for those who haven’t worked out in a long time, daily activities can strain weak joints, causing pain. Building muscle can actually help reduce that pain in some cases, and you should always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

A great way to reduce risk of exercise related injury is by involving a professional! When your car needs a tune-up, you go to a mechanic. If your body needs a tune-up, enlist the help of a personal trainer! A trainer can give you great workout plans to get you started, keep you motivated, and on your journey to success. More importantly, a trainer will ensure you are doing each exercise correctly.

For more information about 360° classes, trainers, and how to get started, contact us today!

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