Cross Training Burns Calories While Building Muscle

Cross Training Burns Calories While Building Muscle

To answer the question of What is cross training for can be answered as simple as:  doing something other than what you have been doing all along.

In other words, if you are a swimmer, runner, weight lifter, or even a pole walker or trekker, it means that you have a different type of workout other than what you normally do.


During your workouts you are exerting the same muscles or muscle groups over and over.  This is considered to be working “a single plane” muscle group.  Constantly using the same muscle groups will eventually lead to injury.

By incorporating cross training you will be using different muscles.  Doing so will strengthen the weaker muscle groups.   As these weaker muscle groups get stronger, you will note improvements in your swimming, running, weight lifting and so on.

Joints and ligaments will be stronger allowing you to be more efficient.

Why not “mix it up”  with a variety of activities?

Getting Started

Stretching to loosen and lengthen muscles is always the best way to start.  You are preparing your body for what is to come.  Warm ups along with your workout routine can be as little as 30 minutes 3 times per week.

However, when you get into the groove of your workout, most people do not want to stop at 30 minutes.  A full sixty minutes is more like it.

Wanting to get started?  There are several way to do so.  One is the TRX Suspension Training Home Kit from Amazon.

The other would be Nordic Walking Poles.    If you are not familiar with Nordic walking poles, click here and find out more.

Using the Nordic Pole For Running

Using Nordic walking poles to run with is definitely not for beginners.  It is accomplished by those who are efficient at both running and walking with the Nordic poles.

At this level of activity it would be considered to be a high impact type exercise.  Using the Nordic poles to run with, you will find that you are being “propelled” forward, allowing you to have a much greater stride length.

When done correctly, the pole tips can act as a type of fulcrum to pivot from.  This in turn, will give you more strength along with that forward propulsion.

This type of high impact strength training can be useful for other activities such as those that have jumping and or, bounding type actions involved.

Tip Action Promotes More Muscle

There are two main ways that strength is attained.   Your upper body will gather more resistance from the pole tips.  The second way is to allow  the tip to remain on the running surface as long as possible.  In this way it creates greater strength by purposely stimulating muscle.

In other words, the longer (time wise) your tips are in contact with the ground, the longer your muscles receive stimulus.  More stimulus translates to more muscle building actions.

Uphill Training

Moving uphill will automatically call for more effort.  You will feel (and are probably correct) that you are moving slower.  However, with more practice, you can see and feel remarkable results very quickly.

Speed, pace along with the correct tempo, you are adding more load to your body, resulting in greater muscle stimulus.

Downhill walking or running is not going to give you as much of the needed muscle stimulus simply because gravity plays a roll in your movements.  It is easier to walk or run downhill than it is to move uphill.

Uphill Trails

Choosing an uphill terrain can be tricky.  How so?  Narrow pathways can be hazardous.  You need freedom of width to place your Nordic poles on either side of your body.  A narrow walking path does not provide the needed width.  Choose wisely.

Why Nordic Walking Poles?

The Nordic company has really set the standard for all other walking poles (sticks) to catch up to. For you to make an informed decision, you need more information as to which pole is right for you and what are the immediate benefits.

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