Most regular exercisers know the value of cross training. By varying your strength exercises, you can achieve greater success than repeating the same moves over and over again. However some less experienced exercisers don’t know where to begin when it comes to cross training.
Cross training is an important form of exercise because the body adapts over time to how you challenge it, if you perform the same workouts all the time, eventually you’re no longer making measurable progress but instead are simply maintaining fitness. While there is nothing wrong with repeating the same activities or keeping consistent with a familiar routine, if you want to benefit from fitness gains and superior health, you need to incorporate cross training.
For cardio junkies, cross training can involve a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike and the new Zero Runner. The Zero Runner is a unique machine that lets you replicate real running motion but without any impact. It has quickly become a favorite among runners and exercisers alike for its innovative and fun workouts.
Treadmills and stationary bikes are valuable exercise modalities, but they only work the lower body. And the treadmill subjects the body to significant impact, while a stationary bike has limited effectiveness because it isn’t a weight-bearing activity.
Score one – or two – then, for the elliptical and the Zero Runner, both of which are weight-bearing, total-body exercises. The elliptical is a low-impact machine, while the Zero Runner is zero impact, so both are kind to the joints, while still delivering rigorous workouts.
Simply alternating exercise sessions between the elliptical and the Zero Runner constitutes cross training because it offers your body valuable variety. But for even better results, if you work on an Octane elliptical and a Zero Runner, cross training is simple if you take advantage of CROSS CiRCUIT and SmartLink.
CROSS CiRCUIT combines cardio intervals on the elliptical or Zero Runner with strength and/or flexibility exercises on the floor adjacent to the machine, so you benefit from efficient and effective cross training. Numerous workouts are available, and you can customize routines and exercises based on your goals.
Or SmartLink, Octane’s free app that runs on an iPad®, designs personalized workout regimens according to your goals, coaches you along the way, incorporates variety and tracks all of your results. No more poring through magazines or online programs to figure out a workout plan. CROSS CiRCUIT and SmartLink do all the work for you – well, almost all of the work. You still have to sweat! Happy cross training!