We all want to runner faster, further… and without ever having another injury. Want to know the one thing that can help? Strength training!
Strength training in the gym isn’t just for bodybuilders. It’s not even just for people who want to look bigger or more toned. It has major benefits for runners (particularly as we get older – sorry!)
As a coach, I see one common mistake in how runners train. Or DON’T train.
They neglect their strength.
Don’t worry about strength training making you too big, or “muscle bound”, or heavy. Train the right way and it will actually make you faster, stronger, and running with less chance of injury.
Strength training moves with moderate weight will help protect you from common running injuries. Weight training doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it also helps your bones and connective tissue. Stronger tendons and ligaments? Yes please!
We all know that running with great posture is better for us. Weight training the right way can help you learn what good posture feels like, and build up the muscles which help you maintain it. Most of us spend too long sitting, working at computers, hunched over our phones, and driving. Focus strength training work on the muscles of the back and shoulders to offset all of that.
Running injuries suck! We all hate having to take time out because of some annoying injury or little niggle. Strength training helps keep your entire body fit, strong, and connected so you will (hopefully) have to take less time out for running injuries. Meaning you can do more of the training you love, for more years to come.
It’s just not true that weight training will “bulk you up”. Do it the right way, with a proper strength training programme designed for runners, and it will actually help you get a lot faster. Your posture will be better, your stride will improve, you’ll be able to withstand more mileage, and you’ll recover faster from running training sessions. Your muscles will work together as a stronger package. Which should lead to PBs!
How many of us have made the mistake of “just” running? No recovery work, no cross training, no sessions to offset the impact of running? Strength training gives you a helpful addition to your programme. It will strengthen your running muscles and connective tissue, and your heart!
It’s important that you strength train the right way if you want to boost your running training.
Get in touch to find out which exercises to do – and which to avoid.
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