Muscle confusion, or the practice of regularly changing up a training program, is a topic of heated debate in the fitness world. Some people swear by its ability to challenge the body and keep it guessing, while others believe switching gears too much makes it difficult to make progress with a certain lift, sport, or activity.
Cross training—which means mixing different forms of conditioning, strength training, and flexibility—is all about balance. By practicing yoga one day and running the next, for example, it’s easier to stay motivated. Incorporating different equipment and levels of intensity can reduce injury risk, improve overall fitness, and even increase weight loss. Check out the infographic below to learn more about cross training and how you can get started.