Do you find yourself doing the same thing week after week because there are certain fitness classes that are your favorite? Is your main mode of exercise tennis? There’s definitely nothing wrong with finding your groove, but if your results have stalled or you’re getting tired of your routine it might be time to add some new things to your workout arsenal. Cross training with a personal trainer is a great way to change things up. Your sessions will send you back to your tennis or group fitness routine with new abilities and endurance!
Cross training is typically defined as an exercise regimen that uses several modes of training to develop specific component of fitness.
According to the American Council on Exercise, the top reasons for integrating cross training into your workout are:
- Reduced risk of injury; individuals are able to exercise more frequently and for longer durations without excessively overloading particularly vulnerable areas of the body (e.g., knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows and feet).
- Enhanced weight loss; Individuals who want to lose weight and body fat should engage in an exercise program that enables them to safely burn a significant number of calories
- Improved total fitness; Cross training can include activities that develop muscular fitness, as well as aerobic conditioning.
- Enhanced exercise adherence; Research on exercise adherence indicates that many individuals drop out of exercise programs because they become bored or injured. Cross training is a safe and relatively easy way to add variety to an exercise program.
Trying new things can be scary, especially if you’re like most people and don’t like change. But if you’re ready to give personal training a try I’d love to help show you some of those “scary” machines around the gym and give you some new exercises to try. Contact me to sign up for a complimentary personal fitness consultation.