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Training that involves more than one type of activity to exercise different muscle groups and provide variety. A cyclist, for example, in addition to cycling may include jogging and swimming in a programme of cross-training. The term is also applied to training multiple fitness components (e.g. strength, flexibility, and endurance) within the same training session. Combining strength training and endurance training does not appear to diminish improvements in aerobic fitness. However, gains in strength are greater when strength training is performed on its own.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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