Strength athletes like the weight room and runners prefer long endurance sessions, but evening out your exercise program can potentially lead to greater performance regardless of your sport. Consider a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research where recreational runners added body weight circuit training or variable heavy and explosive weight training to their endurance efforts.
After 8 weeks of preparatory strength training, 34 men and women aged 21 through 45 included 8 weeks of strength and power training or body weight circuit training into their endurance running routine. Both groups realized improved running economy, but strength/power training produced much more significant gains in muscle activation, explosive strength and peak running speed. For a comparison of standard military and novel boot camp training programs, read today's Breaking News at optimumnutrition.com