How smart runners cross-train

8 high-intensity moves that strengthen common weaknesses

Even if you prefer running over every other workout, there’s also reason to look forward to cross-training days. First of all, your body needs it to improve mobility, strengthen muscle imbalances, and prevent injury, says CeCe Marizu, New York City-based group fitness manager and instructor at Equinox. Second, people who like to break a sweat every time they train will be happy to hear you don’t have to slow down to get the benefits.

All you need to complete the high-intensity session below, created by Marizu, is a mat and a mini looped resistance band. “You can also add 10- to 25-pound weights to some of these moves to make them more challenging,” says Marizu, who taught this routine at the ASICS Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in New York City in September as part of #MOVEWITHASICS.

To do it, perform each exercise for 60 seconds, then immediately move on to the next one until you’ve done them all. That’s one round. Repeat for 3 rounds, resting for 60 to 90 seconds between each. Do this 2 to 3 times per week on days you don't run for optimal results.

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