This is a companion article with “Strength Training Benefits.”
I recently had a conversation with my friend, and fellow runner/trainer Justin Lutick about the importance of strength training, especially for runners. Actually, our conversation was mostly about the lack-there-of in the running world. As the new year moves forward, a time when many people are making goals and resolutions, why not incorporate a vital piece of the fitness equation into your routine? Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of strength training, as I have included the why, what, and how to get you started.
When should I train, and how often?
Pre-season – 2-3 times per week – heavier weights, more sets
In-Season – 1-2 times per week – moderate weight & intensity
Post-Season – 2 times per week – moderate to heavy weights
What should my routine look like?
1-3 Training Sessions per Week
10-15 Exercises per Workout
1-2 Sets per Exercise
12-20 Reps per Set
Moderate to High Intensity
Moderate to Heavy Weights
This is a circuit training routine that covers every major muscle group (starring yours truly):
This is a companion article with “Strength Training Benefits”, that explains why adding strength training can benefit you as a runner.
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