Hello fitness enthusiasts! I made a short video for you today. I’m not that great at making videos, so, it’s pretty basic. I basically show my failures from my last workout and words of advice for how you should approach these incidents. Remember, hard work and patience lead to victory.
Hello fitness enthusiasts! Today I am going to discuss our Crosstrain class, what cross-training is, and how we have interpreted that into a class experience. No sleep - inducing history lessons today, I promise… maybe.
The term cross-training is used to describe training that athletes undertake outside of their own sport to improve upon their overall performance. It uses different training methodologies from various sports with the goal of taking the strengths of that particular training all while trying to replace the weaknesses.
For example: a runner who only runs is definitely becoming a better runner, but they are only increasing their strength necessary to run and neglecting the other areas of their body while increasing the risk of injury due to over-training with just running. By adding strength training and plyometrics, not only are they becoming stronger, but they are getting faster and increasing their endurance as well. In the world of weightlifting an example of cross-training would be a power lifter who adds Olympic lifts into his/her training regimen. Where he/she was training in slow powerful movements alone he/she is now adding dynamically explosive movements as well to diversify their training.
It's a love hate relationship, just like with Winter or as I like to say 3/4 of the year in Pennsylvania.
Our Crosstrain often times has anaerobic exercises added such as power lifts (deadlift, back squat, etc.) and Olympic lifts (clean & jerk, clean, snatch, etc.) with high-intensity aerobics that keep it from being your ordinary resistance training. Our facility describes it as:
...a group class designed to give you the feel of a personal trainer, without the cost. It’s a combination of strength and cardio training for ultimate fitness. Never boring and an entirely different fitness experience! Positively impact your body and mind with the help of your team and trainers. Based off the basic push-up, pull-up, sit-up, and squat, modified for more or less intensity.
It can contain circuit training, tabata, gymnastics, plyometrics, core work, and toning styles of fitness as well. Every trainer puts their distinct personal touch on their class. I know that I, personally, base my classes primarily on Olympic lifting progressions, cardio, plyometrics, and a hypertension style of weight lifting. Every now and again I will make up a fitness game or partner-style competition for class as well. So, after taking my class and showing up to a class of another trainer, you will indeed notice a distinct difference it he style of class experience.
I spent the last few weeks since my last post constantly editing this post and trying to think of the perfect way to explain the awesomeness that is our Crosstrain classes and I could never seem to voice the opinion of how great of a workout the classes are. So, if you have any feedback, please, leave a comment down below or feel free to email me at Joe@dedicatedfit.com. Don't forget to check out the online workout database. Until next week, stay healthy everyone!