Olympic Lifts For Distance Runs

Olympic Lifts For Distance Runs Do stronger competitors run faster? For distance runners who are having a hard time improving 5k and 10k times despite plenty of hill work and fartlek training, an article published in the NSCA's Performance Training Journal suggests a 3 to 4 week program incorporating Olympic-style lifts into your regular running routine.

The snatch along with clean and jerk both involve picking a barbell off the floor and hoisting it overhead. Once you've developed enough core strength and know how to complete the movements properly, select a weight roughly 80% of your one rep max and do 3 sets of between 3 and 5 reps before heading out for your run. The focus should be on explosive movements.

True Strength Moment: You can cycle this routine in and out of your running program when competitions won't be a factor. Start out slow and maintain proper form throughout. Give yourself anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes of rest between sets. See if a power cycle like this shaves some time off your 5k or 10k finish. Another tip for improving performance can be found on today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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