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Why Do Runners Need to Strength Train?

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

We hear that runners should strength train, but why? Aren't we already building muscle with all that running?

Well, yes and no.

Running does work your muscles as well as your cardiovascular system, which is awesome! But when you repetitively use the same muscles over and over, like when you're running, the muscles you don't use repetitively get weaker. This can lead to muscle imbalances that leave you vulnerable to injury. Add in any form issues and the problems get even worse.

So what good stuff happens when we strength train?

Run faster

Better endurance

Decreased risk of injury

Combat the effects of age related bone density loss and muscle loss

If you're in between races, now is the perfect time to find a running and strength routine to build a strong base before your next training cycle! If you're not sure where to start or what to do next, let's chat and figure it out (comment, DM, or link in bio!)

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