This is a companion article with “Do runners need to strength train?”
Runners have a tendency to stick with what they know best; running. If you were once skeptical about adding a little weight lifting into your routine, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of strength training and how it could improve your running performance. You might change your mind!
Here are a few key reasons:
1) Strength training builds a strong musculoskeletal system, strengthening tendons and connective tissue.
2) It helps prevent injury by alleviating weaknesses (strong muscles absorb shock better).
3) Strength training provides core strength to support proper running form by improving posture and reducing fatigue (especially in the head & neck).
4) Stronger muscles contract faster, which increases speed, stride length & rate resulting in faster turnover.
5) Strength improves efficiency. This decreases volume, equaling less time for the mileage.
6) Provides a finishing “kick” to your runs/races.
So how do you get started? In my companion article, “Do runners need to strength train?”, I address how often runners should strength train and what your routine should look like.
Boone A Ebel
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist in Performance Nutrition
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