Cross Training

Strength Training Benefits

Strength Training Benefits

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
Endurance Athlete
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist in Performance Nutrition

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After graduating from Western Illinois University in 2004, Boone furthered his career in the health & fitness industry, and currently works full time as a fitness specialist at the University of Phoenix. A lifetime runner and outdoor enthusiast, Boone enjoys competing in endurance events on both road and trails. Moving to Arizona in 2008 opened the door to endless opportunities for exploration, adventure, and even ultra-running. When Boone is not training clients, odds are you can find him on the trail somewhere around the Southwest.

Since 2009, Boone has 19 Top Ten finishes including:

• 2nd Overall 2012 Mesquite Canyon Trail 50K
• 4th Overall 2012 Lost Dutchman Marathon
• 2nd Overall 2012 XTERRA McDowell Mountain 15 mile run
• 6th Overall 2011 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run
• 4th Overall 2011 Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run
• 1st Overall 2010 Sedona 50K
• 1st Overall 2010 Flagstaff 50K

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