29 May '15, 11am

Strength Workouts May Yield Significant Improvement in 5K Times

Strength Workouts May Yield Significant Improvement in 5K Times

A new study adds to existing evidence that strength training can improve your 5K time. This one, however, provides an important new wrinkle: You’d better keep at it. When the subjects stopped their strength training, their 5K efforts returned to the previous (and slower) times. The paper concludes: “Coaches and athletes are therefore advised to integrate twice-weekly heavy resistance strength training for a minimum of six weeks when preparing for races.” The research team from the University of Greenwich, England, performed their experiment with 16 moderately-trained runners capable of approximately 21 minutes for 5K (based on their VO2 max times). The runners were split into two groups. One continued their normal run training of about 18 to 30 miles a week for the next six weeks. The other group likewise continued its normal run training, but added two strength-training s...

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