Cross-training: refers to an athlete training in sports other than the one that athlete competes in with a goal of improving overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of each training method, while at the same time attempting to negate the shortcomings of that method by combining it with other methods that address its weaknesses.
Five Things I've Noticed Cross Training Has Done for Me:
1. My pace is faster. I started out with lifting weights and then added Jillian Michaels to cross-train. I noticed that I was running quicker. I hit a race PR and realized that I'd shaved almost a minute and a half off my last time. And I kept it up.
2. I am losing inches in my arms and tummy. I've been losing inches all this time, but now my body is really starting to take a "fit" shape. It's awesome because I am losing inches in the hardest place (for me) to lose!
3. Running has paid off. - I don't know if any of y'all have done Jillian Michaels's The Shred, but she has a cardio segment. I felt like I could hang with the entire workout because I had such a background in running. In other words, the two workouts help each other out.
4. I'm not as sore post-run. I am stretching and working muscles that I don't when I run.
5. I feel more rested. I don't know if this is related, but before cross training, I slept best on the nights of the days I ran. Now that I cross train I sleep great all week!
DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert by any means. These are just differences that I have noticed in myself.
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