Strength training is an important part of a runner's routine because it strengthens muscles and joints, which can help them run faster and avoid injury.
If you want to reach your full potential as a runner, you must take a holistic approach to the sport. That means focusing on aspects of fitness that you might overlook, such as flexibility, balance, mobility, and strength.
How to Incorporate Strength Training into Your Workout
If you've never worked out in a gym before, it can be intimidating, but it's a great way to get all the equipment and space you need. If you're not sure how to strength train on your own, a group class like CrossFit, Barre, TRX, yoga, or Pilates is a good place to start.
Take your weights outside, do bodyweight exercises like pushups, lunges, and planks, or use equipment like benches for tricep dips and playground bars for inverted rows if you'd rather be outside.
Cross-training, such as cycling or swimming, can be incorporated into your workout routine to help build strength and flexibility in muscles that aren't used by running and to help prevent injury.
Benefits of Strength Training for Runners
Increased Efficiency in Running
Strength training can help if you've ever had your form fall apart as you get tired near the end of a long run or race.
Improved Endurance and Fatigue Reduction
Strength training prepares your body to withstand the strains of running. Your muscles will be able to perform for longer periods of time before becoming fatigued, allowing you to keep your proper running form.
Improving your form and endurance will help you run faster overall. When runners incorporate strength training into their training regimens, they usually notice a significant improvement in their race times relatively quickly. Strengthening exercises don't have to take up your entire day.
Injury Risk is Reduced
When it comes to reducing injury risk, lower body and core exercises are essential. Stronger core and leg muscles mean you'll be able to keep your proper running form for longer, lowering your risk of lower back pain and other issues linked to bad running form.
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