26 Dec '14, 8pm

How Hard Should Strength Training Be for Runners?

Research suggests a little strength training can go a long way for runners. Every now and then a runner asks me if he or she should do P90X or CrossFit. If you’ve been living under a rock, both P90X and CrossFit are very intense and challenging fitness programs that emphasize strength building. Usually I advise runners not to do them. I have nothing against either program, but they’re extremely taxing. While I’m a big believer in strength training for runners, I don’t think a runner’s hardest workouts should be anything other than runs. You can only put so much energy into strength training before it starts to take away from running. A study that appeared in the European Journal of Applied Physiology last year supports the idea that a little bit of strength training can go a long way for runners. Thirty-seven male runners between the ages of 21 and 45 participated in the s...

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