As mentioned in a previous post, in terms of training – variety is the spice of life!
I know a few people who think that ‘mixing it up’ means training legs once a month! However, when I say you should mix up your training I simply mean that it’s good to try different kinds of training. Any personal trainer or coach will tell you that if you are constantly doing the same thing you will get bored VERY quickly. It’s good to mix things up! For that reason, mixing your training features highly in my top tips to stay motivated article.
As well as being more of a challenge, another benefit of experiencing other forms of training is the extra knowledge you may acquire. You may meet people who know nothing about the way you train, but can tell you a great deal about their methods.
Of course we all have our individual goals (or should have) and specific types of training are better for these goals, but what’s stopping you from trying something different once a week or fortnight? For example, if you hit the gym 4x a week and your goal is to lose weight, why not try visiting your local crossfit gym or running club once a week? It will still help towards your goal, but will also keep you interested in training while allowing you to meet like-minded people.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you are competing for a specific event, you should train with that event in mind. For instance, I don’t recommend a bodybuilder start running half marathons if they have an upcoming show, and likewise vice-versa. However if you are like the majority of people who just want to get into a ‘better shape’ or increase your fitness levels then you should definitely mix up your training.
Some ideas of things you could try:
- Weight Lifting
- Running (long or short distance)
- Bodyweight Workouts (Calisthenics)
- Sports Specific (Football, Netball, etc)
- Combat sports/classes
So what’s stopping you trying something different?