Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Strap on a weighted vest to boost your running economy

Are you striving to become a faster runner?  Maybe you should try strapping on a weighted vest when you warm up!
Some new research is showing that by warming up with a weighted vest (similar to how a baseball player will swing a bat with a weighted doughnut before they step up to the plate), runners are showing an acute increase in leg stiffness.  This stiffness leads to an improved running economy, which could potentially lead to running faster.  Skeptical?  Let’s take a look at the science of why this happens.