CROSS TRAINING FOR TRAIL RUNNING

Cross training is useful for recovery but also to keep fit in the event of an injury. After an intense Season dedicated to Trail Running, you need a period of physical and mental recovery in which it is useful to alternate running with other complementary sports.

Cross training works on several aspects: physical stimuli that train different abilities improving your weaknesses, maintaining physical fitness in the absence of risk of microtraumas and recovery of mental energies. Last but not least, cross-training, if organized with high-intensity sessions, can also contribute to the improvement of your VO2 max and lactate threshold.

The choice of sports for cross training is based on the characteristics and level of the athlete. All workouts must be included within a plan developed in line with the objectives and always in harmony with the athletic gesture of trail running. Obviously, every cross training plan must be customized. We will limit ourselves to giving general advice an examples without going into deep details of all possible training sessions in terms of repetitions and duration.

The main sports suggested by the TRM Coaches

Ski Touring. It allows good muscular training and, if performed at a certain intensity, maintaining a high heart rate, will work very well challenging your cardiovascular system.

Type of suggested workouts:

  • Long training 2-3h at medium-low intensity with limited elevation gain, to train on endurance
  • Uphill reps average gradient, i.e. 5-6 reps of 4’-5’ at threshold intensity with 2′-2’30” of recovery time at low intensity, to improve the anaerobic threshold
  • Blocks of short reps steep climb, i.e. 4-5 blocks of 4-5 reps x 50″-1″, recovering 1′ at low intensity, to work on aerobic power.

Snowshoeing. Training with snowshoes requires more muscular effort than normal walking and will maintain quiet constant your aerobic effort. Furthermore, if the activity is carried out in fresh snow, it allows you to work on the strengthening of quadriceps and knees that are continuously raised towards the waist.

Type of recommended workouts:

  • Long tours of more than 3 hours on land with different slopes and asperities

Bike. It facilitates the recovery phase and muscular work of the lower limbs in the absence of impact shock. The problem, it shortens the muscle, so it is advisable, at the end of the session, to perform 15-20min running and a stretching session.

Type of suggested workouts:

  • Long climbs, i.e. 10km, to work on increasing legs strength.
  • Sprint at intervals of time, i.e. 10-15 x 30”-1” during an 1h15-1h30 session, cycling at a high rate, to get a good aerobic workout.
  • Long ride, i.e. more than 50km, on flat terrain to improve your endurance.

Swimming. Because swimming is a low-impact activity, it is often used as recovery training between races. But there are also some quality workouts that can work on intensity, therefore they will have a greater incidence on your cardiovascular system, and other specific sessions for strengthening the lower limbs.

Type of recommended workouts:

  • Long-term swimming > 40min with recovery and resistance function
  • High-intensity interval training, using a buoyancy belt, i.e. 2 blocks of 5 x 1’-2 ’ Fast with a recovery time of ’ at low intensity
  • Swimming holding a tablet with your hands and using only your legs, 20-40 laps, for strengthening the legs.

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