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The Best Cross-Training For Runners

We know—you love running and given your busy schedule, it’s tough to fit in other workouts. But cross-training is essential to becoming a stronger and faster runner. Since the new year is a great time to try new things, we decided to ask our readers what their favorite cross training activity is. Give one of their suggestions a try.

We asked: If we wanted to try one new cross-training activity, what should it be?

Ernestine King-Johnson: Some type of Total Body High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) Example: Good Mornings/30 sec Jump Squats, Deadlifts/30 sec Jump Squats/Bicep Curls/30 sec Jump Squats. All x4. Builds power, strengthens ham/glute tie-in.

Betty Jannisse Rivera: The XCO or Flexi-bars workouts are the best. You work all your body and the most important thing is that you enjoy everything.

Mallory Bergeson: I love kickboxing! It is so much fun that you don’t even realize you are working out and dripping with sweat.

Sophie Auclair: I do tabata twice a week (planks, burpees, etc) and cross country skiing.

Mandi Forrester: Weights. Strong body, strong mind. A strong back and core will make a huge difference running

Karen Arner Paules: Title Boxing!!! It makes me so much faster!!!

Lynetta Martin: TRX & Kettlebell swings – stability, balance & strength!

Mary Lou Spaull: Cross-country skiing in winter, biking and showing my horse in the summer.

Rachel Amanda: TRX changed my view of fitness.

Andrea Derksen Farrer: Hang Yoga! Amazing core workout…entire body workout actually! And FUN!

Kaitlin Dolan: Pure barre 7x a week

Belinda Lat-Egan: Surfset!

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Team WR

Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.