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Jan 28, 2011

Cross Fitness Training

Practitioners of sports medicine consider cross fitness training as a more balanced way of achieving overall fitness of the body. In cross fitness training, you get to combine different routines to create variety in your workout and still attain your fitness goals.
For example, if your goal is to improve your heart rate and stamina, you can alternate jogging, playing tennis and swimming every week.
If you want to increase your strength, you can do push-ups and crunches on Monday and then use free weights on Tuesday.
There are advantages to following a cross fitness training program. Of these advantages, here are the five biggest ones.

1. Cross fitness training stops you from getting bored. At some point in your fitness program, you may have found yourself getting bored and wanting out of doing the same thing over and over again, such as jogging every morning and doing yoga every afternoon. Boredom can hinder you from working on your fitness goals and you may stop working out altogether. The variety that cross fitness training provides you keeps the fun in your workout so that you would not get bored with it.
2. Cross fitness training teaches you to become flexible with your schedule. Let us say that your new work schedule has forced you to give up attending your yoga classes. Instead of doing yoga after work, you can consider heading up to the gym to lift weights and then find another time to do your yoga. You can even start doing yoga at home. Thus, your schedule is not set into stone, you can change your schedule to fit your circumstances, and you do not have to be frustrated about it.
3. Cross fitness training lets you condition your entire body. When you do cross fitness training, you do not just focus on one muscle group. Rather than that, you condition your entire body, one muscle group at a time. The variation in your workout routines makes you become stronger, more agile and more balanced.
4. Cross fitness training reduces injury. Repetitive use of certain muscle groups leads to injuries. It increases the wearing and tearing of the tissues. But when you vary your training routine, you allow one group of muscles to rest and recover while you work on the others. This minimizes the risk of injury.
5. Cross fitness training allows you to continue your workouts even when injured. Since varying your training routine lets you focus on one muscle group at a time, you can do other workout routines when one part of your body is injured. For example, if you have a sprained ankle, you can work on your upper body exercises without having to put any strain on your injured ankle.
All in all, you get a total body workout with a cross fitness program while sustaining fewer injuries. More importantly, it keeps you working on your fitness goals because it is more fun and a lot less boring to do.

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