Strength training is often ignored by the running fraternity. After all, it’s much more fun being outdoors in the fresh air, running on the road, or the track. Pumping iron or performing repetitive drills is not for them.
Ironically, however, the correct approach to strength training — one that is balanced and designed specifically to reflect the needs and training and racing status of the runner — can both significantly reduce injury risk and increase performance by improving running style (and thus running economy), physical strength and speed.
Featuring practical warm ups, exercises, circuits and training programmes ideally suited for runners. This is a must-have manual for any runner looking to improve on their PB.
Strength Training for Runners aims to improve your performance, whatever your level.
Chapters will guide you though constructing a pre-conditioning routine that will:
- Iron out common running injuries
- Show you how to improve and strengthen your running (and other) muscles in your warm-ups
- Provide you with some great conditioning advice to make you a stronger and faster runner.
Later chapters focus on weight training, circuit training and plyometric training. They feature numerous examples of exercises and training programmes that are easy to follow and will improve your running and keep you off the physio couch.
Pre-conditioning – how to minimise your risk of running injury
Drills and conditioning exercises to run longer and stronger
The dynamic warm up – to strengthen and maximise running performance
Sprinting for faster running
Core strength for runners
Weight training for running
The importance of developing lower leg strength, power and injury resilience