by Marc D Thompson
We’ve all hit plateaus. Even if you’re exercising regularly you may be feeling unmotivated about your current routine. Maybe you went on vacation and stayed on fitness vacation even after returning home. Or even being new to fitness you had hit the gym running but suddenly you’re making excuses to skip the workout.
One of the most common reasons for these plateaus is lack of variety. Cross training is a solution that allows benefits for both beginners and experienced athletes. Here are some advantages of cross training.
- Keeps you interested in workouts by adding, say, exercise classes or inline skating to your routine.
- Develops your entire body, adding functionality
- Reduces risk of injury by distributing workout loads evenly
- Allows an injured trainee to continue training but utilizing different movements
- Reduces risk of overuse injuries
To see how fun and exciting a cross training routine can be, one is included. Please consult a physican before engaging in any exercise regime. This sample cross training program, a conditioning interval, is a great motivator. It incorporates cardio, strength, and speed and will have you begging for more.
Sample Cross Training Routine
Warmup, treadmill, 10 minutes
Boxing, non-stop punch drills, 4 minutes
Jump rope, 2 minutes
Yoga, Sun salutation, 10 minutes
Sprint drills, 3 x 40 second run/20 second rest, 3 minutes
Pushups, 100 as fast as possible, breaks as necessary, maximum 3 minutes
Pilates, 7 minutes
Ellipitcal, max resistance, 1 minute
Tai Chi, 5 minutes
Basketball drills, 4 minutes
Pullups/Assisted Pullups, as many possible in 2 minutes
Jumping jacks, 2 minutes
Indoor cycling, jumps, 4 minutes
Wall Sit, 1-5 minutes
Cooldown, light crunches and stretching, 5 minutes
Use this and similar ideas to formulate exciting new workouts for you and your clients. They say “Variety of the spice of life”…Well, variety is the ultimate key to prolonged health and wellness. Cross train and enjoy.
Marc D. Thompson, owner of VirtuFitTM, is a prominent fitness trainer and personal coach with a background in medicine and exercise physiology. He has pioneered virtual training and teaches via Skype one-on-one and group classes. Approaching fitness holistically, Marc believes the fusion of creativity and practicality is essential in moving each individual toward their fitness goals. Along with over 25 years of experience, he draws from thousands of exercises, fitness disciplines, sports psychology techniques and nutritional principals to empower each individual client.
Marc D Thompson, VirtuFitTM
Virtual Personal Training, Live & OnlineTM