Cross-training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills, and reduce boredom that creeps in after months of the same exercise routines. Cross training also allows you the ability to vary the stress placed on specific muscles or even your cardiovascular system. After months of the same movements your body becomes extremely efficient performing those movements, and while that is great for competition, it limits the amount of overall fitness you possess and reduces the actual conditioning you get while training; rather than continuing to improve, you simply maintain a certain level of fitness. Cross training is also necessary to reduce the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse. Below is a list of reasons as to why cross-training is very beneficial:

  • Reduces exercise boredom
  • Allows you to be flexible about you training needs and plans
  • Produces a higher level of all around conditioning
  • Conditions the entire body, not just specific muscle groups
  • Reduces the risk of injury
  • Work some muscles while others rest and recover
  • Improves your skill, agility and balance
  • Increase core strength
  • Challenges your body in different ways that it may not be used to, which will help enhance your overall level of fitness

 

 

Jennifer Hukill

Brassfield Golds

Fitness Manager