Cross training is the practice of engaging in multiple types of exercise and/or bodywork in order to improve performance. Professional athletes and their coaches are big advocates of cross training because of all the benefits that come with it. Some benefits of cross training include:
Reduced risk of injury
By mixing up your training routine, you balance out the stress put on your body and lower the impact on your muscles and joints.
Enhanced Weight Loss
Research shows that you need a combination of activities in order to lose weight effectively, such as cardio and weight training.
Improved Overall Fitness
There are so many factors that go into your overall fitness level. There’s strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, and flexibility, just to name a few. The broader your approach, the better your overall fitness level.
Here’s the good news, cross training isn’t only for athletes. At Inertia6, we like to think that what we do is cross training for life. You may not be a marathoner, but maybe you work at a computer every day. If thats the case, you likely have neck or back pain. Maybe you find your flexibility steadily getting worse from all the sitting you do. You know whats great for improving strength and flexibility? Pilates. You know what can help reduce neck pain? Massage. All you need to do is to start cross training for your life. You’d be amazed by how quickly and effectively you can improve your quality of life with just a couple sessions a week.
– Rachael Turner, LMT, Pilates instructor & Founder of Inertia6