Athletes spend endless hours participating in their sport of choice. But at times, they may choose to cross-train. By definition, cross-training means an athlete participates in a different form of exercise than his or her usual sport. Therefore, it is a form of exercise that is not necessarily sport specific. It has been classically used to refer to aerobic forms of exercise only. This entry provides an overview of the basic concepts and discusses the potential benefits of cross-training for athletes.

Common forms of exercise that improve cardiovascular function include running, ...

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