Strength and conditioning is an essential part of you becoming a stronger, more efficient and less injury prone runner.
This doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym and start pumping iron, in fact many elite runners spend more time bodyweight strength training than lifting heavy weights.
So why is strength and conditioning important?
Building your strength will improve your running performance because it’s your muscular strength which levers your skeleton to move. More specifically, strength and conditioning will improve:
> Running economy which means your muscles will fatigue less quickly when you run at a steady pace.
> Muscle endurance so you will also be able to maintain speed for longer, particularly when running up hills.
> Power so you are able to increase your speed as you sprint to the finish line.
But it’s not all about gains in pace. When training just consists of running, the repetitive nature of it can lead to overuse injuries. Strength and conditioning training will help to improve your running form by increasing your mobility and activating the specific muscle groups you need for efficient running.
It also works the muscles that you don’t use when running, so your body stays balanced and helps to reduce chance of injury.
Mbition adaptive training plans include optional strength and conditioning sessions with video guides. No equipment is needed, we only use own bodyweight exercises.