Benefits of strength training for runners
It’s probably fair to say that hitting the weights room is an alien concept to many runners. However, for these athletes, it’s very important to incorporate regular strength training for injury prevention and maximum performance.
All runners will have at least one injury at some point while they train. Runners need to lift weights to condition all their muscles to be able to handle the stresses running puts on the body. Specific exercises should be performed that will help the vital muscles involved in running to perform at their best.
Some exercises that are good for runners include:
- Legs: squats, lunges and calf raises
- Core: plank holds, back extensions and Swiss ball work
- Shoulders: overhead presses
- Chest: dumbbell presses
Having conditioned muscles will also help with running performance. The stronger your muscles are, the faster you will be able to run and the higher your endurance will be. This is especially important for sprinters and high intensity runners.
If weight loss is a goal for you, it is important to incorporate strength training as well. Running burns calories for sure, but can also affect the quality of your muscles. Lifting weights can help to combat this muscle damage, while also resulting in an increased lean muscle mass. This in turn affects your basal metabolic rate, meaning the more muscle you have on your body, the more calories your body burns at rest.
If you have no idea where to start for strength training then get in touch with me today for a free consultation and to get a customized strength training workout plan.
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