One of the keys to a successful workout is to keep the body from knowing what will happen next. Personal trainers Daniel Ortiz and Wendy Herrin, who work out at Studio One Fitness in Waxahachie, say that combining multiple exercising into one workout is where a person will see the best result.
“The biggest benefit of cross training is that one you don’t get board with it and two it keeps your body guessing to what is going to happen next. That is so you never get complacent with any type of training that you are doing. You won’t get into the same routine of doing the same thing over and over,” Ortiz said.
“The whole process about cross training is that you do so many different things is that it is going to keep you from getting bored. It is going to keep you from, one, plateauing out. So long as you’re working out it is a benefit because you’re burning calories, keeping your heart rate up and staying in the fat burning zone.”
Ortiz said one of the benefits of gyms such as Studio One is that it offers different classes that a person can take part in instead of just walking on the treadmill or riding a bike.
Classes are taught by certified instructors or trainers. These fitness professionals take time to work with people of all fitness levels to show them how to do exercises correctly and to provide motivation, he said.
“It is a great place for one on one personal training. Someone who might not feel comfortable working out at a large gym can go in a private studio area with a trainer. All of the equipment is there that a regular gym has but in a private setting,” Herrin said.
“There is also a positive atmosphere without the big gym type pressure because in the beginning people don’t like being surrounded by a lot of people. We have spin, kick boxing, lifting classes, step classes, Zumba classes and dance classes,” she said.
The Mayo Clinic says cross training is an easy way to add variety to an exercise program and recommends combining several different fitness activities into a single workout session.
One of the ways the clinic recommends is using aerobic exercise and muscular fitness exercises.
“Aerobic exercise includes any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and increases your heart rate. Try walking, jogging, biking, swimming, dancing, water aerobics — even leaf raking, snow shoveling and vacuuming. Aim for at least two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week,” according to the Mayo Clinc’s Web site.
“Muscular fitness is another key component of a fitness training program. Strength training at least twice a week can help you increase bone strength and muscular fitness. It can also help you maintain muscle mass during a weight-loss program,” Ortiz said. “Most fitness centers offer various resistance machines, free weights and other tools for strength training. But you don’t need to invest in a gym membership or expensive equipment to reap the benefits of strength training. Hand-held weights may work just as well. Resistance bands are another inexpensive option.
“Your own body weight counts, too. Try pushups, abdominal crunches and leg squats,” he said.
With cross training, you have to keep switching up the activities to keep a person actively engaged in working out. Otherwise a set pattern can result, where a person might eventually stop coming to the gym altogether because he or she doesn’t see results.
For more information on working out, e-mail Ortiz at Daniel@daofsff.com or visit online at www.daofsff.com. Studio One Fitness is located at 2251 Brown St. and can be reached at 972-923-3121 or online at www.studio1fitness.net.
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