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Ask the Running Bloggers: What is your favorite Way to Cross-Train in the Summer?

Ask the Running Bloggers: What is your favorite Way to Cross-Train in the Summer?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:14am

W&OD Trail. Photo by Flickr user rgk88. License.

Adam Lesser of Lesser is More: "If one is looking for cross-training options in the summer, look no further than the outdoor pool.  While swimming isn't the most specific cross training activity to running, I can't think of many other things I'd rather do outside when its hot and I need to get some form of non-running activity in.  Plus, it'll keep you cool, and its zero impact, so you get a nice break from impact bearing exercises such as running."

Banneker Pool, located on Georgia Ave.

Read more about Washington D.C. swimming pools. They are FREE for District residents!

Ellen Gilmer of District Sweats: "Spin class has always been my go-to for cross-training, but I've recently gotten hooked on BodyPump. Only a few gyms in the area offer it, but if you can get to one, it's a great way to focus on all that strength-training I often neglect when I'm running all the time."

Christy Martin of Planes, Trains and Running Shoes: "Yoga and spin class. Spin studios usually crank up the AC so on a hot summer day, it's great to get indoors to work up a sweat!"

Take a FREE yoga class in Meridian Hill Park! the class is offered on Sundays through August. 

Nicklaus Combs: "Road Cycling on W&OD is a great way to cross train during the summer."

Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running: "Pool running because the water is oh so refreshing. Since the heat and humidity often prevent us from doing faster workouts, the summer is a great time to build a huge base of endurance. Pool running can be added on top of your mileage as a very low-risk way of boosting your fitness and there's nothing like getting in a shaded pool at the end of a hot summer day."

Doug Cassaro of I run because...: "With all the great trails in the DC area, definitely cycling."

RL of Running Lonley: "Aqua running at one of the many area pools.  Great way to keep your running form and it far better to run in a pool than being outside in a pool of your own sweat."