Over the past decade or so, working out and general fitness has found its way into mainstream society in a big way. Whereas before, hardcore workouts were essentially limited to athletes and the usual gym junkies, we are seeing a trend that has people from literally every walk of life making exercise a regular part of their schedule.
This paradigm shift is without a doubt beneficial to society as a whole. Everyone, not just competitive athletes, and gym rats, should be challenging their bodies physically.
One of the biggest catalysts in this movement has been the increased popularity of cross training. Since this form of training became popular, gyms offering classes or workout space geared toward cross training have steadily been sprouting all over the globe.
Cross training markets itself as an effective and challenging form of training that welcomes people from every walk of life and fitness level.
In this article, we are going to discuss a few aspects of cross training that make it a unique and exciting way to maintain a strong and healthy body, no matter your overall abilities and goals.
Modifications To Every Workout For Varying Fitness Levels
Cross training workouts are usually composed of a group of individuals being led through the daily workout by a certified instructor. There are a huge amount of exercises and movements that can be factored in to each workout. Naturally, these exercises vary in both their difficulty and level of technicality.
Unlike a lot of other exercise programs, none of the daily workout routines are written in stone. For each specific item on the list, there are always one, if not several, modifications that allow individuals who may not be able to complete the movement.
For example, if a certain exercise instructs the trainee to use 100 pounds, there will be a lower weight listed for less-skilled members of the class. In a situation where a certain movement pattern is too skilled for some, the instructor will provide a similar, yet easier form of the movement.
A great example is the pull-up, programmed into many cross-training workouts. If a trainee is unable to perform a pull-up, they are usually instructed in some assistive technique such as using a resistance band to propel themselves upward.
Carryover To Everyday Life
Cross training reinforces the idea of “functional fitness” at its core. Many workout routines, though beneficial, consist of exercises and movement patterns that we rarely encounter in our daily lives. Not very often will you find a need to perform a bench press at your kid’s soccer practice.
Instead, cross training workouts usually contain movements such as kettlebell swings, rope climbs and box jumps that require moving the body in a way that is relatively common in day-to-day life. These unique movements are not only a fun change of pace from your normal workout, but they also prepare your body to better and safely complete manual tasks outside of the gym.
A Community Environment
One of the biggest factors that keep new people out of the gym is intimidation. Walking into your local gym and being faced with stares from the usual crowds lined up at each piece of equipment and incessant grunting can be a big detractor.
Almost every cross-training class provides a solution to many of the issues a would-be workout novice faces but promoting a friendly and inviting environment to everyone who comes in.
Ask anyone that frequents a cross training class and they will tell you that everyone there, from the instructors to the seasoned gym members are more than willing to help you in any way they can. Community is at the heart of what the cross-training movement is all about.