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Cross-Training Defined


/krôs,kräs ˈtrāniNG/


 the action or practice of engaging in two or more sports or types of exercise in order to improve fitness or performance in one's main sport.

"most serious athletes in any sport these days do some form of cross-training"​


Cross-training in more than one discipline helps develop whole body strength and flexibility.  It can also help with injury prevention by preparing the body to move in all directions. Workouts without some variability increase the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse.

Pilates is particularly valuable for cross-training for specific sports.  In super strong athletes, often the legs and glutes take some of the load for the core.  If the core is strengthened, it frees up the legs to do just the leg work and additional strength and speed can be achieved.

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Dragonfly Optimal Fitness develops cross-training programs and recommends them for all types of athletes.  Adding Pilates to a cycling program or adding yoga to a running program creates stronger, more capable athletes.  

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