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It says cross training on the calendar, but more often than not I read that as – a day I don’t have to run. And on days I don’t have to run?… I’m looking for an easy workout. Hey, I’m just being honest.
My cross training workouts are more effective if I have a plan ahead of time. When I decide on what to work on prior to the day’s arrival I can prep myself mentally for what’s in store and am 10x’s more likely to get in an effective workout. Brandon Henry, Owner of Performance Strength and Conditioning, has shared a few sample cross training workouts with us that are both challenging and effective. Learn what he suggests we add to our schedule:
Mix It Up!
I am a big fan of adding in exercises from a variety of activities to keep your exercise routine fresh and effective. This is especially true if you are an endurance athlete like runners. Try breaking your run up with a few bodyweight exercises every few minutes.
My favorite swimming workout is to take a short interval (50-100m) and repeat for 8-10 intervals with little rest. After, hop out of the pool and do a light circuit of squats or lunges, burpees, situps, pullups, mountain climbers or any of your favorite exercise. Repeat the circuit 3-4 times, then hop back in the pool. You will be amazed at how much this changes the feeling of a lap swim.
Feeling especially motivated? Bring a pair of dumbbells to the track. Every lap or two, stop and do a press, squat, lunge or any other dumbbell exercise (kettlebells work great also) for a great workout that mixes anaerobic and aerobic movement. Change it up every time you go and you will never get bored and your workouts will continue to push you!
How do you make the most of your cross training workouts?
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