Why do runners need to strength train?
Please take a look at the picture below.
When I ran early in college, I didn’t do much strength training and you can really tell. I had poor core control, a weak upper body, not a lot of power and I had sloppy mechanics making me a very inefficient runner.
In this photo, I implemented functional strength training to improve my core strength, focusing on hip stabilizers, posture, scapular stabilization, and of course glute exercises. Also, training in different planes of motion was a huge piece of my strength – the lunge matrix is where magic happens.
By implementing strength, not only did my form improve but I became more efficient, balanced, powerful and a faster athlete.
I encourage you to implement strength into your routine! You will be so happy that you did. Become faster, stronger and less injury prone.
Our next Core for Runners Series starts 9/14 at Ann Arbor Running Company on Ashley Street and our online Core for Runners Online program is available.
I believe in strength and nutrition! Do you? 💪🏼🏃🏼♀️🍎
5k No Strength – 18:44 ⏩ 5k Stronger Athlete – 17:01
Mile No Strength – 5:18 ⏩ Mile Stronger Athlete 4:50
6k No Strength – 23:45 ⏩ 6k Stronger Athlete – 20:22