Tuesday, April 17, 2012
4 Ways Strength Training Helps You Run Faster & Better
By Ingrid Rodgers, Athletic Trainer, Saw Mill Club East, Mount Kisco, NY and MHA on the move 5K Ambassador
Strength training will help you prevent injury. Muscle imbalances within each limb can cause problems for runners. Include both unilateral and bilateral leg exercises to avoid imbalances and prevent injury. Single side training has also been shown to improve sprinters' speed. Forward lunges and step-ups are excellent lower body exercises that will help equalize leg strength and power and are excellent for runners.
Strength training (with traditional lifts such as squats,dead lifts,lunges, and chin ups) will increase your core strength, helping you avoid back pain and making you faster. Once you've got the basics down, you will get the most out of your strength workout by lifting heavy, above 80 percent of the maximal amount you can lift. Strength traing will challenge your weaknesses and make you faster and stronger.