Monday, 9 February 2015

Why does strength training make us faster?

Last month, I wrote an article looking at the impact strength training can have on our running performance.  In essence, the studies I presented showed that weight training, specifically high weight low rep, is great for boosting running economy.
Why does strength training impact our running economy?  There are a few mechanisms of action that experts suspect are at play.  For me, understanding these mechanisms really helps to solidify the importance of strength work as part of a training plan.  Getting to the gym is tough- picturing what you’re doing to your muscles makes it a little more palatable!