10 Benefits of Strength Training for Runners

 

Hey runners! Let's talk about load (ie. strength training). Strength training is a valuable asset to a runner's training regime for a number of different reasons, but too often strength training is non-existent in a runner’s routine. While each person is different and may require different exercises or habits, in my practice as a physio, strength training is a necessary and complimentary add to a runner’s routine and the benefits are robust.

Here are my top 10 reasons why a runner should be implementing strength training into their routines:

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  1. Increased strength

  2. Increased tissue tolerance

  3. Added training variability

  4. Enhanced movement coordination and control

  5. Improved bone density

  6. Improved cardiovascular health

  7. Improved reactive strength

  8. Improved VO2 Max

  9. Improved economy

  10. It helps you to feel like a badass

I tend to recommend that runners perform strength training 2-3 times per week in their low seasons or off seasons and as mileage ramps up, reducing that down to 1 time per week during peak training. Studies have demonstrated that being able to maintain 1 time per week during peak training, continues to foster the benefits listed above.