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For cross training, I do a variety of things so I don't use the same muscles over and over: cycle, Body Pump, spin, Pilates, Slim in 6, elliptical, etc. I have found that just running makes me prone to over use injuries.
I have wanted to try yoga again, but don't like the yoga at my gym. Does anyone know of a yoga DVD that is good for runners?
Has anyone else tried this Iron Strength workout for runners originally posted in December 2011 on the runner's world site?
I found it quite challenging plus it provides the plyometric approach I've need to add to my xt routine which includes some PT exercises & pilates. I've done it twice now & I plan to do it weekly.
I used to cycle for xt, too. My stationary bike broke and my regular bike keeps getting flats and it's too much of a pain to go use the stationary bike at my work gym. I prefer to ride outdoors.
I should get back to swimming, too, which I enjoy. I quit about a year ago because the pool on Saturday mornings was just too crowded for me to get any pleasure out of it. I need to try a different time or day.
Ann in Los Angeles
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Palm Springs Half Marathon (9 February 2014) 2:11:05
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I love bootcamp for cross training. And hot yoga. I try to do one or the other or both every week. Now that spring is almost here, I'll be taking out the bike to commute to work. Can't wait!
2011 May - 10k (54:11)
2011 May - half marathon (1:58:16)
2010 Oct - 10k (54:25)
2010 Oct - marathon (4:28:02)
2010 Apr - 5k (25;58)
2010 Feb - half marathon (2:10:28)
2010 Jan - 5k (28:46)
2009 Dec - 5k (29:31)
2008 July - 10k (1:01:03)
2008 May - 5k (28:56)
2007 May - 5k (31:30)
For me cross-training is important because it also keeps me from getting board. I live for the variety and sometimes I just cannot run because of physical issues beyond my control.
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6. Remember to cross-train
When you run, your muscles, joints, and connective tissues absorb a lot of shock. Cross-training gives your body a break from the pounding while maintaining your cardiovascular fitness. Yoga, Pilates, and strength training promote recovery, build muscle, and develop a strong upper body. Swimming, cycling, elliptical training, and rowing improve your aerobic fitness.
*Amby Burfoot (from Runner’s World) suggests following these bedrock principles to achieve your goals
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