Get More Competitive In Endurance Running

February 27, 2014

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