Why Endurance Athletes Should Strength Train

Jul 29, 2016

Why Endurance Athletes Should Strength TrainWhether you are a cyclist, a triathlete, or just enjoy doing 5Ks for the fun of it, you don’t want to miss out on the value of strength training.

So why should strength training be necessary for endurance athletes? Due to the repetitive nature of endurance exercises, it greatly increases your risk of injury. However, with strength training, you can help to combat those injuries by building muscle that with help to keep joints properly aligned, prevent any muscular imbalances, and help you better ‘endure’ your endurance exercises.

How You Can Incorporate Strength Training Into Your Endurance Plan

  1. Commit to 2 to 3 strength workouts per week!

    Typically, you will find that most recreational endurance athletes will be able to benefit from doing full body strength train workouts around 2 to 3 times per week throughout the year. Find what works best for your personal schedule or fit it into your endurance routine.

  2. Adjust your strength workout to fit your personal goals!

    The type of fitness athlete you are or your competition schedule will affect the type of strength training that will be most valuable to you. For example, if you are an athlete training to complete a local 5K on Sunday morning, you will want to make sure you get in at least 1 or 2 strength workouts in before the race. This kind of athlete will also want to drop the weight or resistance used during the workout the week before as well.

    Likewise, you will want to take advantage of more frequent and higher weight or resistance used if your competition is farther away or if you are planning to achieve a healthier overall quality of life.

  3. Make the most off of your off season routine!

    On one hand, this is a short time that can allow you to relax a bit more between competitions. However, you can also take advantage of this time to achieve other fitness goals in between the seasons. For example, maybe you are interested in maxing out your strength with deadlifts, squats, or bench presses. Then once the competition has come back around, you will be a step ahead of the rest.

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