30 Jul '15, 1pm

Cross-training prevents injuries--as long as you take a healthy approach. Here's how:

to prevent injuries. so it's ironic, if not unjust, to get injured when cross-training. Last year, I was in a Pilates class, struggling to master a hamstring-curl maneuver with my feet up on a stability ball. Although the instructor suggested a less difficult move for beginners, I forced the motion until my right hamstring felt like it was being torn to shreds. It was. My injury sidelined me from running for nearly two months. Of course, Pilates and alternative forms of exercise can improve your fitness, prevent and rehabilitate injuries, promote recovery, and revive a stale routine. The trick is to approach them as a runner. Runners have their obvious strengths: power, endurance, tenacity. But within those strengths lies the potential for weakness: quads that overpower our hamstrings, neglected upper bodies, and poor flexibility--qualities that could lead to problems. "Ru...

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