You consider yourself to be in better than average shape. You run several times a week for health and fitness and maybe do an occasional fun run on the weekend. Some friends come into town for the holidays and you decide to go skiing. No problem, you’re in great shape, right? Wrong. After a day on the slopes you feel like you’ve been run over by Santa’s sleigh and all his reindeer. What’s going on?
You may be in great shape, for the sort of exercise you do routinely. But if that’s all you do, day after day, you may be setting yourself up for injury or mental burnout and that is not a good way to get fit. What can help prevent injury and burnout? Xtreme Training.
Xtreme Training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills, and reduce boredom that creeps in after months of the same exercise routines. Xtreme Training also allows you the ability to vary the stress placed on specific muscles or even your cardiovascular system. After months of the same movements your body becomes extremely efficient performing those movements, and while that is great for competition, it limits the amount of overall fitness you possess and reduces the actual conditioning you get while training; rather than continuing to improve, you simply maintain a certain level of fitness. Our Xtreme cross training is also necessary to reduce the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse; you will never do the same class twice!
The term cross training refers to a training routine that involves several different forms of exercise. While it is necessary for an athlete to train specifically for their sport if they want to excel, for most exercisers cross training is a beneficial training method for maintaining a high level of overall fitness. For example, you may use both biking and swimming each week to improve your overall aerobic capacity, build overall muscle strength and reduce the chance of an overuse injury. Cross training limits the stress that occurs on a specific muscle group because different activities use muscles in slightly different ways.
Benefits of Xtreme Training
- Reduces exercise boredom
- Produces a higher level of all around conditioning
- Conditions the entire body, not just specific muscle groups
- Reduces the risk of injury
- Work some muscles while others rest and recover
- Can continue to train while injured
- Improves your skill, agility and balance
What exercises should make up a good cross training routine?
- Cardiovascular Exercise
- Strength Training
- Speed, agility and balance drills
- Circuit training, sprinting, plyometrics and other forms of skill conditioning
With Xtreme Training, you can do one type of class each day, or more than one in a day. If you do both on the same day, you can change the order in which you do them. You can easily tailor Xtreme Training to your needs and interests; mix and match your classes and change your routine on a regular basis.
Exercise can strengthen the cardiovascular system, bones, muscles, joints, reduce body fat and improve flexibility, balance and coordination. But if you want to see all of these benefits, you’ll need to start Xtreme Training. What better time to start than now?