Women Run Faster With Weights

Women Run Faster With Weights Lots of endurance athletes can't seem to make time to lift weights, but a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests heavy resistance training might provide a competitive advantage for distance runners – especially female athletes.

Researchers timed 50 collegiate cross-country competitors in a 5 km race before assigning them to 9 weeks of heavy resistance training or heavy resistance training with plyometrics. Five days after the last session, another 5 km event was run. Female athletes cut their time by about 1% with either workout, but only some of the men realized improvements.

True Strength Moment: Because this study was performed during the competitive cross-country season, researchers suggest working it into pre-season training instead. More men might find a benefit to hitting the weight room if they have time to fully recover before racing. For some insight into how long-distance air travel impacts competitive performance, read today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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