As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the process of getting my personal training certificate. Through out my studies I realized I made an error! I’m sorry!
A while back I wrote a post about cross training for my running. I mentioned how I wanted to use the elliptical since it hurt to run. Although using treadmill/elliptical combo is great for over all cardio, it’s no good for race training. The rule of specificity states that if you are training for something in particular (golf, running, basketball, swimming) the only way you’ll improve is if you keep practicing that particular activity. “What do you mean? Isn’t all working my cardiorespiratory endurance?”- why yes! But think about the different muscle groups and motion in each sport. I’m pretty sure your arms don’t circle like the front crawl while you run.
So, if your playing basketball, you can incorporate sprints, throwing and jumping into a gym workout, but the best way is just to practice!!