Do you think tennis is a good cross training exercise for a runner?

I play a couple of times a week and run the days I don’t play. Thanks.

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  1. gr8ss4opper, 05 May, 2010

    I am both a runner and a tennis player. Most people will tell you that tennis is bad cross training for running, because it increases your risk of injury. It all depends on the person, in my opinion. I think that in general, the theory of specificity applies: if you want to get better at running, you need to run, if you want to get better at tennis, play tennis. Cycling for 6 miles is roughly equivalent to running one mile. You might get some aerobic fitness benefits from cross training, but if you want to improve running, stick to running. Ultimately, most of us are not going to be winning races, so you should do what makes you happy regardless of whether or not it is "good for you" athletically. Running however, is good cross training, for tennis, I think. We are all an experiment of one.

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