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June 03, 2018 2 min read

In the mission of gaining strength, greater performance and a chiseled midsection, it’s vital to use every technique at your disposal. 

Too many people get trapped on a single method or mindset and dig themselves into a place that’s hard to escape. We have all experienced plateaus, and to get over them they need to be approached efficiently. To improve, we need to reinvent ourselves and the things that we do.

At the gym, this results in stepping outside of your comfort zone and looking for new, interesting programs. Cross-training is exactly this approach, it draws from a mixture of disciplines and putting them into intense and supremely productive workouts. Cross-training is the technique of mixing several different workout techniques (as an example, bodybuilding, track and field, and boxing) for one, productive training session. Recall the huge guys from the movie 300 a few years ago? They were exclusively on cross-training to get their combined jacked physique. And there’s always CrossFit, which, love it or hate it, has helped transform the way we discuss fitness in 2018.

 Cross-training techniques are also emerging as a popular technique in the military, NFL and NBA. So what’s all the buzz about? Let’s look at some of the benefits of cross-training:

 

Conditioning

By executing a mixture of exercises from different crafts, you are requesting more of your body than with a usual, simple technique. Your increased workload and mixture results in greater capability. To put it simply, by doing extra with your body, your athletic and fitness levels have no option but to improve.

Cross-training workouts aren’t made for one goal,, like gaining strength or getting quicker, but cater to these needs simultaneously. With cross-training, it’s possible to increase muscle, decrease fat, gain cardio-aerobic capacity and get faster your feet - all in one workout. This in-depth style of exercise is called conditioning, and it’s one of the benefits of cross-training.

 

Injury Prevention

Usually when people get injured in the gym, on the court, or on the field, it’s because they’re overdoing a single exercise. Regardless of it being running, squatting, cutting, or jumping, your body is easily tired out. Joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons across your body are in a tremendous amount of stress though repetitive movement, and it’s vital to give them the a break at times.

By mixing your routine you will let the over-used areas of your body a chance to heal and the under-used a chance to strengthen and improve. By cross-training you can become a healthier, more whole athlete.

 

Active recovery

Active recovery is the technique of using an alternative type of training to recover from your usual training technique. For example, the majority of professional football players do swimming exercises and pool resistance techniques to productively recover from their on-field exercises and traditional weight room programs. In addition to the conditioning and injury stopping benefits of active recovery, it has been shown to greatly increase recovery by increasing blood flow and the delivery of nutrients to stressed or damaged muscle tissue.

At Everyday Crosstrain we provide all of the equipment and training tools you need to perfect your CrossFit techniques, shop today!


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