Why Strength Training is Important for Runners

Why Strength Training is Important for Runners
Posted on May 29th, 2023

​Strength training isn’t just for competitive weightlifters, cross-fitters, or your average gym goer. Strength training is also important for the endurance athlete. Runners can benefit from strength training because it is key to maintaining muscle mass, which can improve everyday movements, fitness, and athletic performance.
Strength training helps improve many areas of your running:

  • Power
  • Endurance
  • Balance
  • Injury Prevention

Some runners neglect strength training because they want to get their miles in. Coach Marta and Coach Tiffany at PPT are avid runners who can help you reach your sport-specific goals safely. Runners see huge benefits in their performance once they incorporate consistent strength training routines.

  1. Decrease your risk of injury: by having muscular strength and stability, especially in your legs, your body can handle the demands placed on it.
  2. Improve muscle activation: by strengthening muscles in isolation, progressing to running-specific exercises so the correct muscles are being activated on your runs.
  3. Improve biomechanics and running: strengthening the muscles that keep your body in alignment will improve your movement patterns, which means less energy wasted and faster running. You will have better running form and get the most out of your run.

The best exercises for runners are ones that will help strengthen the core, glutes, and hips. Runners need a strong core to help with posture, stability, and balance. The glutes are already underactive, but these muscles need to be strengthened to provide power for your running. These exercises include planks, kettlebell swings, side steps with resistance bands, single-leg deadlifts, and goblet squats. Add these exercises to your running schedule, and you will be on your way to being a stronger runner while minimizing the risk of injury.

Get in Touch

Ready to take the first step towards a healthier and fitter you? Contact Perez Personal Training to inquire about our services, including online training and free wellness consultations. Let's transform your life together with personalized fitness programs and expert guidance.