Monday, 13 October 2014

Does strength training improve running performance?

While there has been considerable research on the effects of weight training on endurance performance, there has not been a large amount of research that has actually measured changes in performance when resistance training is added to an endurance athletes training program.  Generally those research studies that have examined markers of performance such as VO2max, lactate threshold, or running economy find that weight training is a benefit to endurance athletes.  Research that evaluates actual performance changes supports this view and indicates that resistance training is likely to improve performance, especially at running distances of 10k and less.  As the competitive distance increases it is likely that resistance training has a decreasing effect on performance. 

Considering all the data, my recommendation is for the addition of 1-2 days per week of resistance training to your training program, especially if you typically compete at distances of 10k or less.


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