If you love to run, chances are you’ve tried lots of different techniques to become a better runner. Whether you want to improve your distance or time, there is a lot of information out there to help you up your game. But there is a secret to becoming a better runner, that you don’t hear much about. And that is, cross-training.
How does cross training help you become a better runner?
Cross training builds both strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn’t. Some of the many benefits include quicker recovery, and injury prevention and injury rehabilitation.
Rowing is a fantastic cross training sport.
- It’s very low impact so it’s easy on your joints. This is important because it gives your body a break from the high impact of running, so it has time to heal and repair.
- Rowing is also a great workout for strengthening your core. A strong core makes you better at running by acting as a strong stabilizer and the point from where your power is generated.
- Cross training also provides benefits by strengthening muscle groups that running doesn’t, and helps to keep your muscles in better balance.
- Rowing is a no impact way to exercise, so It helps prevent overuse injuries.
- Prevents runners burnout. Supplementing your workout routine with something different keeps you more motivated to keep moving.
- Rowing is a total body workout, so you get the best workout in the shortest amount of time, using 9 major muscle groups.
Want more specifics on how to become a better runner with cross training? Check out these two great articles:
- Row your way to a better run
- If you’re a distance runner, read this to find out how rowing can help you finish strong in the last leg of your race.
Here’s to becoming a better runner with cross training!