I am a firm believer in cross training for a number of reasons.
- It breaks up the monotony of running every day.
- It allows me to continue to build strength and endurance while taking a break from the beating running puts on my body.
- Focus on other areas of fitness - core, hips, core, arms, core, etc. has one hundred percent made me a stronger runner. Did I mention core strength? I am not saying I am the ab wonder by any stretch but core strength is a key ingredient to strong distance running in my opinion.
Many of the specific exercises I do are listed in the post mentioned above. Which exercise shown below do you think is more difficult? My version was done around 4am in New Orleans after a full day of cross training on Bourbon Street:)
Here are a couple of articles I found about the general benefits of cross training/conditioning.
Here is an article from Runners World with a bunch of cross training workouts.
Some time in the next few weeks I will post one or two examples of the cross training workouts I do. Please feel free to share your cross training exercises/workouts. Would love to hear them.