Cross Training for Runners
Runners want three very simple things:
So in this blog, I will touch on ways that a cross training program will enhance a runner’s program.
1. How cross training helps you run further.
One of the limiting factors in how far a runner can effectively run is trunk strength and postural strength. A well designed cross training program will incorporate bodyweight and resistance based strength training. We will also strengthen all you core muscles thus allowing an improved running posture. This postural strength is vital for a distance runner. We will develop our athlete from core to extremity.
2. How cross training helps you run faster.
For a moment, let’s assume that our runner has an ideal stride length, awesome endurance, and already does speed work while running. What could make this runner faster? STRENGTH. The correct amount of strength development will give a runner more horsepower. What your program will look like will be based on whether you are a sprinter, 8K runner or a marathon runner.
3. How cross training helps you live pain free
Unfortunately, many runners start cross training as a reaction to an injury or chronic pain. Both of which are all too common. The main culprits are muscle imbalances and overuse. Simply put, certain muscles get stronger from running while others are neglected and get weaker. A well designed cross training program will correct these imbalances leading to less injury and less pain.
Not all cross training programs are the same. It’s important to design a program for each individual. Variables such as number of training sessions per week, exercise selection, volume, load, and intensity should all be taken into consideration. One very important component that is often overlooked is rest. Rest and recovery are essential to any successful training program.
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