I cross train with spinning, pilates and swimming. The latter seems to help the most with releasing any stress on joints and limbs from running. Thats probably why triathlons are gaining in popularity - good workouts with less injuries.
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Crosstraining can be about anything. Cycling, swimming. But those are both variations on the theme of cardio. Another way to look at cardio is strength training -- body resistance work and weight training. Yoga.
Ask the trainers at the gym about crosstraining. they should be helpful.
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I agree with both answers below...and if you have access to an urban rebounder class, or just an urban rebounder that is an awesome cross training tool as well. If you are in training for an event the days you don't run, and of course don't forget your recovery day, I highly recommend spinning and Yoga/pilates, runners need a strong core as well as deep stretches...tons of research prove that yoga is a "must" for a lot of professional athletes.
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OK I have a stupid question.... I joined another 24 hr gym yesterday YAY ME!!!! It's a great facility with a nutritionist and a chiropractor. One of the main reasons I joined is they have an indoor track... Because I realize running on a treadmill IS different than running on "road" surface. My question is.... WHAT do I do to crosstrain? This seems like a REALLY stupid question to me... but... I won't know until I ask... THANKS IN ADVANCE for your advice and help
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