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Why All Sports-People Should Cross-Train?
Cross-training gives athletes that edge. It is an advanced programme that engages the whole body rather than just focusing on 2 or 3 muscles individually.
Fitness Trainer and Sports Nutritionist
Diksha is unstoppable, progressive and quite fearless when it comes to training and in every aspect of her life.
She has been practicing strength training for more than 2 years. Recently, she won "Mrs. India Earth" at runner-up position and was also awarded the subtitle of “Mrs. Body Fit.”
Athletes who practice their individual sports focus a lot on developing their techniques and different methods of play. But every sportsperson needs to be fit overall. If you don't build up your stamina and endurance then sometimes it might be difficult to even do sprints or stand on the field for hours.
Cross-training gives athletes that edge. It is an advanced programme that engages the whole body rather than just focusing on 2 or 3 muscles individually. Not one body-part but multiple joints and multiple body parts are trained in one session. It really helps athletes, advance in their practice, lose weight and gain strength and endurance.
With Cross-Training, less is more! 15 to 20 minutes of training and you already start noticing good results.
1. Strength Improvement
Equipment like weights, battle ropes, dumbbells, kettlebells etc add extra resistance to your movements which gives a pump on the strength. Most sports rely on a specific combination of muscles, which means the other muscles are somewhat neglected. Cross-Training will help ensure that those neglected muscles are worked too.
2. Burn Calories
Similar to running or even a marathon, cross-training is fast-paced or includes fast speed. Speed is the recipe for weight loss.
A combination of the first and second point - strength and speed is required to perform in your particular field of sport. Cross-training includes time-sets that push your speed and strength thereby increasing efficiency and endurance.
4. Injury Prevention
Cross training is an important tool in the injury prevention of sports people. It allows you the opportunity to train all year round without risking overtraining or overuse injuries.