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Benefits of Cross Training
How Good is your Conditioning Program?
An athlete may think he or she is really fit because their exercises no longer are a challenge. However, this is a serious and mistaken conclusion that this lead to over confidence and sets you up for injury or mental burnout. After months of performing the same exercises, the body will become quite efficient in performing those movements. This may be what the coach desires leading up to competing, it also limits the amount of overall fitness you possess and reduces and actual conditioning from the training.
Cross training can help prevent injury and burnout. Cross training provides a tool to control and vary the amount of stress placed on specific muscles and the cardiovascular system allowing a continuation of improvement. Cross training is an excellent way to reduce the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse.
The benefit of cross training is that, when properly designed, it limits the stress that occurs on a specific muscle group through the use of different exercises and activities can be scheduled to use muscles in slightly different ways on different sessions.
Benefits of Cross Training
Cross training is a solution that is highly recommend to help prevent injury and burnout. The concept involves introducing different movements into your workouts to condition different muscle groups and develop a new set of skills.
A secondary benefit is the reduction of boredom that improves performance because each practice session is approached with a fresh mental attitude. The focusing on different sports exposes the body to different training exercise elements which causes a variation of the stress placed on specific muscles and your cardiovascular system.
Crossing Over - Cycling, Yoga, kung fu are great ways to enhance training
Figure skating demands commitment, hard work, sacrifice and passion from its participants. Driven to be the best, athletes frequently push themselves to the brink in hopes of achieving their often lofty goals. However, this constant intense training can result in tired, over trained and injured athletes rather than top level ones.
Noted health and fitness author Dr. Marie Miczak recommends cross training as an effective way to cleanse the mind and the body and adopt a fresh look on the coming season. Dr. Miczak alludes to 2004 World bronze medalist Stefan Lindemann, who found cycling to be an excellent way to relieve tired muscles and rejuvenate his training. Lindemann credits much of his success to the training he did on his bike. Strong quads and leg muscles are necessary for jumping and landing, and endurance is imperative to sustain a three-to-four minute routine.
Principles of Sports Training:
Developing A Training Plan
Physical and Mental Training Considerations
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