By Jenny Johnson – CC’s Staff
We know that during race season getting your miles in to complete your training is on the forefront of your mind. However, other aspects of fitness and training get pushed to the wayside all too often. Cross-training needs to be an important part of training, even if you will be doing nothing but run during your competition. Keeping our muscles “confused” and changing up workouts has proven to be the best way to avoid plateaus and keep getting better, faster, and stronger. For lack of better words this helps to “keep your body guessing.” Doing the same exercises, the same way, the same reps and sets time after time causes our muscles to adapt to the stimulus and plateau in progress. By changing up the exercises or even just changing small variables, your body is challenged to adapt to the demands placed on it and it has no choice but to change as well. We like to see people including yoga, swimming, elliptical, cycling, and weight training as a few other options. Giving your body a change of pace while still improving your strength and cardiovascular fitness is the best way to make sure you’re ready come race day. If you have any questions regarding your race training or workouts in general give us a call and we can help!
Post Author: Jenny Johnson
Jenny is a DPT, wife, baseball lover, kayaker, dog wrangler, and new mom to sweet baby, Bria.