Cross-training for Runners

In all of our training plans, we recommend cross-training to our athletes. Cross-training is an essential element of training plans because it provides a break for both your body and your mind. We recommend 1-2 days a week of cross-training with each session lasting about 30-50 minutes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cross-train:

1 Bike- biking is a great cross training option, whether it’s a stationary bike or mountain/road bike. Biking is easier on your joints than running. Crank up the resistance for an added challenge. Check your local gym for Spin classes for a fun way to exercise in a group meeting.

2 Yoga- stretch and lengthen your muscles with yoga. So many yoga practices now have runner-specific yoga that focuses on the hips, quads, glutes, and hamstrings. We are huge fans of Yoga with Adrienne. Check out her free videos on Youtube.

3 Elliptical- low impact cross training option that still provides cardiovascular benefits. The elliptical also allows you to workout your arm muscles. Most gyms have an elliptical, experiment with the different settings and find what level best suit you!

4 Row– rowing is another low-impact aerobic workout. Rowing involves resistance, like biking, and targets your whole body. One of the best benefits of rowing for runners is that it improves your endurance.

5 Barre– barre studios seem to be popping up all over the world in almost every city. We attend Barre3, but have also tried other barre studios. Barre focuses tiny movements that really strengthen your muscles, especially your glutes. We have found that Barre has helped us stabilize our muscles, which helps prevent running related injuries. We will warn you that Barre is hard, but it’s so worth it!

How often do you cross train? What are some of your favorite ways to cross train? Comment below!

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