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HEALTHBEAT 4: The benefits of cross training your workout

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Exercising may sound dreadful to some people, but fitness experts said it's a great way to live a healthier life.

To find a workout program that's right for you, the first step is to find a class that lets you go at your own pace.

In Paxton Ubbinga's CrossFit class the entire group does the same workout, but it's scaled to fit the individual.

"If you're not strong enough to press that weight above your head, then we start with a light weight and we build up, and build up, and build up," said Paxton Ubbinga, CrossFit level one trainer at Four Seasons Health Club.

CrossFit training is constantly varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity.

"Easy way to put it, is we like to do things you would normally do in your everyday life," said Ubbinga.

Like getting groceries.

"You've got a case of pop and you need to put it up on the top shelf, right. So you're going to pick that up, press it above head," said Ubbinga.

However, instead of a case of pop, you use weights.

"You gotta be able to apply what you do in the gym into everyday life," said Ubbinga.

The muscles we use to get stuff done in life can vary throughout the day. That's why fitness experts said it's important to switch up your workout.

"People that do the same thing over and over and over again are working the same muscle groups over and over and over again, and then those muscle groups are going to be more prone to injury," said Kerri Maxon, yoga instructor at Four Seasons Health Club.

Fitness experts at Four Seasons Health Club suggest switching up your workouts. For example adding yoga to your CrossFit routine.

"It's a different workout because it's more of a physical therapy than it is a pounding on your body like other workouts can be," said Maxon.

"Now we're looking at one heck of a workout week, right. So we're not lacking in any area. We're just dang good at everything," said Ubbinga.

Kerri Maxon is a yoga instructor at Sioux City's Four Seasons Health Club. She said when you do yoga you're getting a workout while also stretching your muscles.

"So you're going to be less sore and less prone to injury," said Maxon.

"People just have to get in here and try it out and once you leave, you're kinda like, 'ahhh I can do this. This is going to be good for me," said Ubbinga.

When you give back to your body, Ubbinga said it'll make life a lot easier outside of the gym.

There is no age restriction on attending a yoga class. However, you must be at least 18-years old to participate in a Four Season's Cross-Fit class. If you're not 18, you'll get a chance to try CrossFit later on this year when Four Seasons adds its new youth class.

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