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Introduction to 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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