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Cross Training: The Perfect Combination for a Healthier Life
By Melissa Mattucci Lindberg, M.S. Exercise Physiology

What is cross training? Simply stated, cross training is the combination of aerobic activities (running, swimming, biking) and resistance training performed in an alternating sequence to achieve an overall total body workout. Commonly used by athletes, this training method allows individuals to train at higher intensity levels more frequently without the negative side effects that may result from repetitive exercise. It is important, however, that you do not let the term “athlete” deter you. Cross training, when done properly, can produce great results for anyone at any fitness level.

There are many reasons one should consider cross training. First, the risk of overuse injuries significantly decreases. Because the body experiences a variety of training methods there is less muscle imbalance, and therefore, less injury. Secondly, cross training diminishes the typical boredom that is caused by the same, stagnant daily routine many people fall into. Participants are much more likely to stay motivated by a program that keeps him or her looking forward to a new activity. Lastly, since there is a continuous change in activity, the body is always challenged. As a result, your body works harder, and burns more calories; a significant component in any weight loss (or maintenance) program.

Whether you are new to exercise or a seasoned athlete now is the time to give cross training a try. At the Community & Recreation Center, we offer a variety of high and low intensity group exercise classes on land and in the water. We also provide personal training and private swim lessons for those individuals interested in one on one instruction. No matter what your age or fitness level, there is something for everyone at the C&RC.

The Community & Recreation Center located at 1551 Mayview Road is open to both Upper St. Clair and surrounding community residents. For more information, visit our website at www.twpusc.org/crc/crc-home or call (412) 221-1099. Melissa Mattucci Lindberg is Marketing/Membership Services Supervisor.

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