Treadmill or Hamster Wheel?

Are there benefits to Cross Training?


Paula Lamon tells us how she has become fitter, stronger and faster in a much shorter time by including cross training into her routine.

Paula Lamon

Treadmill or Hamster Wheel?

Einstein’s Theory of Insanity: Keep doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.
Well, training like mad, day in and day out, but not getting the desired results can be highly frustrating, and this is what I was experiencing when I met Odelle Joubert.

One of my primary focuses in life has always been healthy eating and train, train, train. But I wanted changes to my physique that just weren’t happening, and I was finding it hard for my fitness levels to improve beyond a certain point. I hit a wall which I could not move beyond and had stayed there for a good few years (not even months, but years!). I was not improving in my cycling or running and just generally losing confidence in my abilities and in the benefit of training in general.

Then Odelle challenged me to let her take me under her wing, and I took up the challenge with fear of her finding me to be a “lost cause”. I soon found out that I was putting in the correct amount of effort – in fact, more than enough effort, but I was leaving out some fundamental elements in my training routine. Odelle introduced functional training into my routine as well as high intensity interval training – for example, running hill sprints to prepare me for a cycling race – which I would never thought to do on my own! Lunges, squats and planking (lots and lots of core work) built my strength and changed what I saw in the mirror to my greatest delight. My body shape was changing in a way I never imagined possible!

I am now training for my first half iron man and I never in my life imagined that I, at the age of 47, would be dreaming of an achievement like that.

Thank you Odelle and UR Limitless. What an appropriate name!

Odelle Joubert

Cross-training is ideal for anyone, whether you’re a beginner who wants to get in shape or an experienced exerciser looking to take your fitness to the next level.


By using different muscle groups, you reach a higher level of fitness and by keeping things interesting it encourages you to stick to your
It’s the backbone of any well-developed exercise program. The wide variety of activities means you can choose what works for you.
One of the most common mistakes people make with exercise is repeating the same routine week after week. To continue to improve your fitness level and reap all the benefits of regular exercise, you need to keep your body guessing. Cross training does this for you.