Best Cross Training for Runners

Best Cross Training for Runners

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Runner’s World magazine says Lagree is one of the fitness classes all runners should take!

Running is an excellent exercise, offering a number of great health benefits. Contrary to popular belief, running is not bad for your knees. Matter of fact, running actually increases bone mass and helps prevent bone loss from aging. (source)

Running does not ruin your joints or cause arthritis — but it is a high-impact exercise, and if you already have joint problems or a history of arthritis in your family, it can cause more pain, so it’s important to incorporate some low-impact exercise into your regimen to give your joints a break.

Overtraining, running while injured, and not allowing your body to have enough rest days can really hamper your progress and damage your body. That’s why it’s important to cross-train. Cross training builds strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn’t utilize and allows your body to rest from the high impact of hitting the pavement.

According to Everyday Health:

“Running is a high-level physical activity, so your back, abs, and legs need to be strong,” says [Dr. Karen] Morice. That’s why building good core strength is essential for all — but especially serious — runners. The stronger your muscles, the less impact on your joints. You’ll also decrease the likelihood of injury, experts say.

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, swimmer, weightlifter, basketball player, you name it — it’s wise to broaden your horizons and vary your workouts from time to time. This helps strengthen muscles your sport doesn’t target, prevents overuse on certain muscles and joints, and also helps stave off boredom and plateaus.

Runner’s World Weighs in on the Best Cross Training for Runners

Runner’s World, far and away the nation’s most widely circulated publication for runners (source) recently published an article about the 10 best fitness classes for runners. We are happy to report that Lagree Fitness was one of those listed! Here are the others:

  • CrossFit
  • TRX
  • Pilates
  • Spin
  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Treadmill
  • Rowing

Here’s what Runner’s World had to say about Lagree fitness classes:

Sort of like a Pilates Reformer on steroids, the Megaformer is a piece of fitness equipment that allows athletes to improve their cardiovascular capacity as well as their muscular strength and endurance. Every session is designed to work you hard through the use of slow, controlled movements that constantly challenge your entire body, especially your core musculature—with zero rest. “The biggest benefit here would be core work for sure,” Donavanik says. “The stronger your core, the more controlled you’ll be while running.”

We certainly agree, and believe that Lagree fitness is the best cross training for runners! Give it a try — we think you’ll (L)agree!

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