Strength Training Really Helps Running

If you’re trying to be a faster runner, weightlifting can seem like a waste of time. Fortunately, recent analysis shows strength training can help you run more efficiently.

The studies looked at runners who added a strength program to their running, compared to runners who didn’t. After four weeks or more, those who attended the gym could run at the same pace using 3-4% less oxygen. Or, in other words, they could run a little faster with the same effort. Their “running economy” has increased.

More good news from the analysis: strength training doesn’t have to be brutal. Most of them used low to medium weights, did not require lifting to failure, and included only a few exercises per workout.

The studies only compared runners who added time to the gym versus runners who didn’t, so they don’t help us decide whether to swap running day for a weighted day. But at least now we can say that this time in the gym is well worth it – it looks like it really does good for running.

For more details on the research, including some important caveats, read the full post on Runner’s World.

Strength Training to Save Running | World of runners


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