So, last time we talked about how athletes use cross training, and touched upon why it isn’t the same thing as the brand name “CrossFit” (which a rather controversial phenomenon all unto itself). Suffice to say, if you were doing the latter, you’d know–partly because your gym fee would exceed your car payment, and you’d be on a first-name basis with your orthopedic surgeon.
So today, we’re going to talk about how cross training can help you. Let’s say that you aren’t interested in competing in a specific sport, so you don’t really have to worry about being ‘on’ or ‘off’ season. You have the luxury to do whatever sort of workouts work best with your own interests, your current fitness level, and your goals.
(You *do* have goals, right? Specific, concrete ones? That you have written down? Hint, hint.)
However, even with the flexibility to choose, you can look around any gym in America and see the same cast of people doing the same exercises over and over again. In fact, if you’re going to the gym on a regular schedule (you *are* being consistent, right?) you’ve probably seen the same faces often enough that, if you’re paying attention, you already know what your gym mates will do before they do it.
That predictability leads to the sort of diminishing returns we mentioned in the previous post. Fitness guru Jack LaLanne switched up his workouts every 3-4 weeks, and most modern fitness pros recommend the same. Otherwise, not only will you see fewer and fewer benefits, you’re going to get booooored. See that person reading while they pedal the stationary bike? You should not be that bored while you’re working out.
So, try something new for a few weeks. If you usually run, try out the rowing machine. If you’re a free weight fanatic, see what the yoga class has to offer. And if you don’t know how to use a particular piece of equipment, or you can’t come up with any new ideas, talk to a personal trainer. They can be an enormous asset, and a few weeks learning new exdrcises (with solid, safe technique) can be a real investment in your future health–and not spending your workout so bored that it feels like you’re trapped in a sweaty waiting room.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.