Benefits of Cross-Training

Cross-Training is an exercise program that focuses on performing a variety of strength, anaerobic and aerobic exercises.

• Decreased body fat: It should come as no surprise that doing a lot of strenuous exercise can have a positive effect on your body composition, so this study on Cross-training won’t shock you much. The study on 23 men and 20 women which spanned 10 weeks of cross-training style training saw men decrease their body fat percentage by an average of 5%, and women saw a decrease of just over 3%. Which is great news for Cross-trainers the world over, as losing weight is the #1 reason for people to take up exercising. However, lowering body fat was not the only positive benefit

• Conditioning: By performing a variety of exercises from different disciplines, you are asking more of your body than with a traditional, straight-forward approach. Increased workload and variety lead to increased capability. In other words, by doing more with your body, your athletic and fitness levels have no choice but to grow. Cross-training workouts aren’t tailored to a single goal, such as gaining strength or getting faster, but cater to these needs simultaneously. With cross-training, it’s possible to gain muscle, lose fat, increase cardio-aerobic capacity and quicken your feet all in a single workout. This comprehensive style of fitness training is called conditioning, and it’s one of the benefits of cross-training.

• Injury Prevention: Often when guys get injured in the gym, on the court, or on the field, it’s because they’re over doing a single activity. Whether it be running, squatting, cutting, or jumping, your body is easily worn down. Joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons throughout your body are under a tremendous amount of stress though repeated movement, and it’s important to give them the occasional break. By mixing up your routine you give the over-used parts of your body a chance to rest and the under-used a chance to strengthen and catch-up. By cross-training you can become a healthier, more complete athlete.

• Enhanced exercise adherence. Research on exercise adherence indicates that many individuals drop out of exercise programs because they become bored or injured. Cross training is a safe and relatively easy way to add variety to an exercise program. In the process, it can play a positive role in promoting long-term exercise adherence by reducing the incidence of injury and eliminating or diminishing the potential for boredom.

• Long term health: Functional movements are named as such for a reason. They make us more functional. They help us move more efficiently and prevent injuries in our everyday lives. Combined with a diet that promotes longevity and performance, you will feel better, perform better, and have more energy even as you get older. This truly is the closest thing to a fountain of youth that we have.

• Increased V02max: V02max is essentially a measure of your aerobic capacity, or how well you could perform at endurance tasks. Cross-training is largely anaerobic exercise, but as the study shows, it will help you with endurance anyway. That is a great benefit, that you can improve your aerobic capacity by doing anaerobic exercise as that aerobic capacity will help you in all manner of pursuits outside of Cross-training such as recreational team sports.

• Increase your sex life: It is official; Cross-training helps your sex life. In a study run by Match.com it was found that singles who do cross-training have more sex than singles who do any other form of exercise. And it wasn’t just sex, Cross-training also went on more dates than singles who did any other form of exercise. If you listen to the reasons behind it though, it all makes sense. Resistance exercises such as in Cross-training will raise testosterone levels in both men and women, and testosterone is said to be the single greatest aphrodisiac known to humankind. A Dr Fisher was quoted as saying “Testosterone is the hormone of sexual desire. It is the only true aphrodisiac.”Add to that the decreased body fat and increased muscle mass, which will lead to greater body confidence and you’ve got a great recipe for romantic team sports for two (or more).

• Increased strength: . Strength just helps your life. It will help your performance in basically every physical sport in existence, you’ll never meet a jar you can’t open, and moving house is all of a sudden a breeze. For parents the benefits are even more pronounced as you’re now carrying multiple children and shopping with ease, you don’t tire so easily playing games with the kids and every single physical activity you undertake is all of a sudden a bit easier. Strength doesn’t get enough of a mention with regards to quality of life, but the benefits are numerous.

Resources: Thanks to Menshealth.com, Muscleforlife.com, Empowher.com, Acefitness.org,

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