Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cross Training Will Make You a Better Runner with guest blogger, Lauren Phelps

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but do you follow the advice?

Cross-training, or training in two or more sports, should be a vital part of your exercise schedule.  

Cross-training will improve your all around fitness and performance levels and help you:

  • Run faster
  • Run more comfortably
  • Run with reduced risk of injury

Everyone wants those benefits, right?  

If running is your primary exercise, and you want to keep it that way, then continue to run 3 or 4 days per week.  Add 1 or 2 cross-training days, and maintain 1 or 2 rest days.

Cross-training includes anything that’s not running.

Here are some examples:

  1. Biking
  2. DVD Series (Insanity, P90x, Jillian Michaels)
  3. Functional Movement Training (Crossfit)
  4. Group Classes (Aerobics, Zumba, Boot camps)
  5. Hiking
  6. Kickboxing / Boxing
  7. Martial Arts
  8. Roller skating
  9. Sports (Adult Leagues)
  10. Swimming
  11. Weight Lifting
  12. Yoga

To get started cross-training today, try this quick workout:

10 Leap Frogs

10 Push-ups
10 Hip Bridges
10 Bicycle Crunches
10 Alternating Supermans (supermen?, what?)

Repeat 5 times. Time each round and try to beat your own time

Guest Post by Lauren Phelps.  Lauren is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  She is passionate about encouraging others and teaching them that healthy isn’t hard and fitness can be fun.  Connect with her on Facebook at or visit her website

Join Lauren every Saturday downtown at Tom Lee park for a group workout. 

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! I love riding my bike for cross training! :)