Cross training is simply the idea of performing a variety of exercises to work different muscle groups in different ways. An ideal cross-training program involves various aerobic, strength, and flexibility training exercises.
For an athlete, cross training can help one improve in his sport, as well as maintain muscle balance and flexibility.
For example, a runner mainly performs cardiovascular activity using his legs. The following are examples of cross training activities helpful for runners.
1. Stretching regularly is important to maintain flexibility and prevent injury.
2. Strength training of the legs can increase speed and power. Upper body strength training is also important so the upper body muscles are not neglected.
3. Other cardio activities, such as biking, can be good cross training activities. Although biking also focuses on the legs, it uses the muscles differently and with less impact.