Am I a CROSS-TRAINER?

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 11, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Okay, here goes:

    I do push-ups and pull-ups/chin-ups almost every day. I enjoy a good walk/jog/run 2-3 times a week. I also just purchased a body ball and absolutely love what I can do with that. And, when I have access to a gym, I like to lift weights. I engage in yoga on occasion as well... Stretching rocks!

    So, the question is...Am I a CROSS-TRAINER?


    Joe
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    Dec 11, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    Only if you have the special shoes.
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    Dec 12, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    wiki An elliptical trainer (also cross trainer or simply elliptical) is a stationary exercise machine used to simulate walking or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, hence decreasing the risk of impact injuries.


    you don't really look like an elliptical machine.
    unless you have people walking all over you. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 12, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    If you feel cross all the time, you should do more exercise.
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    Dec 12, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    makeumyne saidIf you feel cross all the time, you should do more exercise.




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    to the OP: cross training is normally used when youa re talking about someone who does one sport - say rowing - but who will train a little in a different discipline (eg cycling) in order to keep working out while letting the normal muscles rest.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 14, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidOnly if you have the special shoes.


    I just bought some nice Salomon running shoes...Does that count? LOL


    Joe
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    Dec 15, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    joecoolnv saidI just bought some nice Salomon running shoes...Does that count? LOL
    Joe


    Sorry Joe, they have to be the dorky chunky ones specifically labeled "cross trainers" that look like the shoe equivalent of "Pat" from SNL:

    Pat.jpg
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    Dec 15, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    I read this as cross dresser.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 15, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said
    joecoolnv saidI just bought some nice Salomon running shoes...Does that count? LOL
    Joe


    Sorry Joe, they have to be the dorky chunky ones specifically labeled "cross trainers" that look like the shoe equivalent of "Pat" from SNL:

    Pat.jpg


    Guess I got to get some more SHOES! "Credit, debit, [I just got to] get it!!"


    Joe
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 15, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    The longer I'm in the fitness field, the more I realize I do "jack squat" compared to some of the other guys.

    An easy way to become a cross trainer is to do a few triathlons. At that point I think the title is apropos.
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    Dec 15, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidThe longer I'm in the fitness field, the more I realize I do "jack squat" compared to some of the other guys.

    An easy way to become a cross trainer is to do a few triathlons. At that point I think the title is apropos.


    Well triathletes don´t really see themselves as cross trainers as their swimming biking and running are all their sports. Cross training for them would be lifting or rowing....
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 15, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    Celticmusl saidThe longer I'm in the fitness field, the more I realize I do "jack squat" compared to some of the other guys.

    An easy way to become a cross trainer is to do a few triathlons. At that point I think the title is apropos.


    Well triathletes don´t really see themselves as cross trainers as their swimming biking and running are all their sports. Cross training for them would be lifting or rowing....


    So what if someone was doing triathlons as their cross training for their goal of core development or a fitness goal, such as the OP? Remember, the OP is not doing triathlons from what I understand, and is not a triathlete.
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    Dec 15, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said
    So what if someone was doing triathlons as their cross training for their goal of core development or a fitness goal, such as the OP? Remember, the OP is not doing triathlons from what I understand, and is not a triathlete.


    In that hood you can call anything what you like. However, doing triathlon training as a way of developing your core is pretty dumb. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 15, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    Celticmusl said
    So what if someone was doing triathlons as their cross training for their goal of core development or a fitness goal, such as the OP? Remember, the OP is not doing triathlons from what I understand, and is not a triathlete.


    In that hood you can call anything what you like. However, doing triathlon training as a way of developing your core is pretty dumb. icon_rolleyes.gif



    As a definition I am using the term correctly. Cross training is used to improve "overall performance". Therefore, core conditioning would help triathlon training and vice versa.

    Basically, by what you are implying, running and biking and swimming can't be cross training, and if you include core conditioning, yoga, as well as another fitness goals, that can't be considered cross training as well. If the OP is doing all of these different types of training, it sure sounds to me like he is doing some pretty heavy cross training.

    "Cross-training (also known as conditioning) refers to training in different ways to improve overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of each training method, while at the same time attempting to neglect the shortcomings of that method by combining it with other methods that address its weaknesses."
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    Dec 15, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidAs a definition I am using the term correctly. Cross training is used to improve "overall performance". Therefore, core conditioning would help triathlon training and vice versa.

    Basically, by what you are implying, running and biking and swimming can't be cross training, and if you include core conditioning, yoga, as well as another fitness goals, that can't be considered cross training as well. If the OP is doing all of these different types of training, it sure sounds to me like he is doing some pretty heavy cross training.

    "Cross-training (also known as conditioning) refers to training in different ways to improve overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of each training method, while at the same time attempting to neglect the shortcomings of that method by combining it with other methods that address its weaknesses."


    I´m so confused now. WTF you talking about? NORMALLY cross training is used as a term to describe any training activity which is not sport specific: I am a competitive Xer, but I train in Y to increase overall fitness. Thus for a cyclist, running can be cross training. Of course you can use the words differently, Humpty, but I´d just describe the OP as someone who does lots of different activities. OMG I dared to disagree with wiki icon_eek.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 16, 2009 4:29 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    Celticmusl saidAs a definition I am using the term correctly. Cross training is used to improve "overall performance". Therefore, core conditioning would help triathlon training and vice versa.

    Basically, by what you are implying, running and biking and swimming can't be cross training, and if you include core conditioning, yoga, as well as another fitness goals, that can't be considered cross training as well. If the OP is doing all of these different types of training, it sure sounds to me like he is doing some pretty heavy cross training.

    "Cross-training (also known as conditioning) refers to training in different ways to improve overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of each training method, while at the same time attempting to neglect the shortcomings of that method by combining it with other methods that address its weaknesses."


    I´m so confused now. WTF you talking about? NORMALLY cross training is used as a term to describe any training activity which is not sport specific: I am a competitive Xer, but I train in Y to increase overall fitness. Thus for a cyclist, running can be cross training. Of course you can use the words differently, Humpty, but I´d just describe the OP as someone who does lots of different activities. OMG I dared to disagree with wiki icon_eek.gif


    You always seem so confused by a logical rebuttal to your eye-roll comments. How, now, are you disagreeing with what I have previously stated in my posts, or to the wiki information?

    As I have already stated in my original post, I do not consider the OP's current activities as cross training, but if he added swimming, biking, and running into the mix(all of the sport activities in a triathlon) I would consider him cross training for a general overall fitness level.

    Here is a good article about Cross Training methods and how they are useful in a given specific sport:

    http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_crosst.html
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 16, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    And here is a great article in using cross training for an overall fitness level:


    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/tipsandtricks/a/Cross_Training.htm
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    Dec 16, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    Guys, guys -- you're both cute, and should kiss, make up, and have sex... with the rest of us watching.

    Cause really, it completely depends on what shoes he's wearing.
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    Dec 16, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
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