Living in Jackson most people are extremely active and enjoy a variety of different recreational activities from cycling and running, to climbing and mt. biking. Participating in these activities is great for your body and also a lot of fun. Practicing these sports alone can cause your body to become imbalanced, weak in certain muscles, and misaligned. That is why i recommend at least one to two days of cross training.
Training sport specifically in a gym helps with balance, muscle imbalance, strength and mental toughness. When training in a controlled environment the person is able to work on different weaknesses that they have in their cycling for example. I coached a 6 week progressive women’s cycling specific course and all the women reported an increase of strength in their cycling. See some previous posts to understand some of the workouts. Some other areas of improvement included less shoulder soreness, stronger pedal stroke and little or no back pain over 50 plus miles of riding. Cross Training can also be a great way to learn about your body and how it functions while increasing your overall fitness for your preferred activity or sport.