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Can someone please explain what exactly is cross training? What is the level of fitness to try it and what are the benefits??

Tue. Feb 7, 8:06am

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My understanding of cross training is that it is basically a fancy way of saying mix it up. So if you've been every day for the last 6 months, a cross training workout would be riding your bike or swimming or taking a cardio class.

Cross training is very useful - it uses muscles other than the ones you normally use, which prevents injury; it allows you to work out while giving your normal muscles a rest; and it keeps things interesting.

I'd think anyone at any level of fitness can cross train - swimming is a great cross training, low impact sport that almost anyone can do. If you are totally out of shape and can barely walk, I'd definitely talk to your doctor before doing anything, but otherwise, just try some new kind of workout, and you'll be cross training!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 8:44 AM

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When I take crosstraining classes in the gym, it's all about adding a cardio kick to resistance training. They seem to do it in one of two ways:

1) Alternating resistance/weight segments with cardio (jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc)
2) Adding a balance challenge to training with light weights (think: dumbell rows with one leg off the ground) or combining upper body/lower body in one move (think: lunges with bicep curls), which puts your heart rate in the cardio zone...I wear a monitor, and I see my pulse shoot up 20-30 bpm with those moves.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 1:51 PM

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Is it a mix and match of cardio and weights then?

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 11:32 PM

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according to the dictionary: To train in different sports, mainly by alternating regimens, as in running, bicycling, and swimming. It's technically not cardio and weight training- that's just called a good balance ;) Cycling, running, and swimming are the most common, but other things may involve skiing, rollerblading, or even sports like raquetbal, tennis, basketball, etc.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 2:00 AM

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you can be any level of fitness. Benefits are usually better performance in both activities over time, and sooner than without the additional activity.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 2:04 AM

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I am taking a hip hop class as well as walking on my treadmill. I find that each of those exercises use different muscles so I try to alternate between days.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 3:38 PM

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