Strength Sessions For Runners

Endurance athletes have a tendency to hate resistance training every bit as much as strength athletes detest long-distance runs. Although it's not that way with everyone, this either/or stereotype has endured for eons. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed the significant performance advantages of cross-training.

Researchers randomly assigned 35 trained endurance runners to one of 3 groups. They either incorporated plyometric or dynamic weight training into their endurance program, or just stuck with a running only routine. After 8 weeks, both cross-training groups ran stronger and significantly elevated their vertical jump height. The control group didn't improve by either measure.

True Strength Moment: If everyone could achieve their personal best simply by focusing on the exercises they enjoy most, there would be no point to competition. We'd all be at the top of our game, whatever our sport might be. Of course, it doesn't work that way in the real world. The top competitors are the ones who invest the mental and physical energy to correct imbalances to the point where they don't have any weaknesses.
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