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Cross-Training competition puts Rochdale on the fitness map
- 12 November 2014
Over seventy people of all ages took part in a cross-training competition at Rochdale Leisure Centre. Split into novice, intermediate and advanced classes, participants took part in a circuit of eight different exercises against the clock that included rowing, press-ups, bench jumps and sit-ups. The event was such a success that Rochdale is now likely to feature as a host venue in the national 'X-Training' calendar for future events.
Link4Life Duty Manager, Donna Matley organised the event. "One of our fitness class instructors, Sarah Finnerty, has recently taken up cross-training and we decided to get an event up and running for our gym users. We were amazed by the popularity and it sold out in just a few days. There is a lot of interest in repeating the event next year when we hope to make it an official event as part of the national rankings."
Cross training is a technique favoured by professional athletes to improve results and reduce injury and is increasingly making its way into the average person's fitness routine. In the weeks prior to the competition, entrants took part in a series of training activities to get them ready for the day. The circuit of exercises took anything up to 25 minutes to complete with winners in the three categories taking less than half the time.
Sarah Finnerty explained some of the benefits, "Cross training uses the many different muscles in the body and more than any single activity it can help build greater fitness and strength. During the training participants saw a real improvement over the weeks and the event today shows that a wide range of ages and fitness levels can enjoy taking part."
The next event at Rochdale Leisure Centre will take place at the beginning of next year.