by Alex O'Meara
Cross-training with Bikram --- or hot --- yoga delivers an array of benefits. It builds core strength and loosens leg muscles that may have become tight, or out of balance, from running. Cross-training with Bikram also helps build mental tenacity and sharpens focus --- important factors for any athlete, but particularly for endurance athletes, such as marathon runners. Consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
Cross-training employs various methods of exercising to strengthen and improve your ability to do one specific exercise, explains Jessica Matthews, continuing education coordinator for the American Council on Exercise. Some benefits include reducing risks of injury and losing weight more efficiently and faster. Yoga is an effective cross-training option because, according to MayoClinic.com, it offers improved flexibility and increased strength, two valuable assets for any athlete.