How Strength Training Can Help You Achieve Your Running Goals

Race season is upon us and I am sure that you are signing up for races and setting new goals for this season.

Maybe you are looking to set a new PR at the Loudon Half Marathon this spring or  your last race season was cut short by injury and you just want to finish the races you sign up for this season.

Getting on a proper training program is critical to reach your goals. One important area of preparation that is often overlooked is strength training.

Strength training can help you achieve your running goals through:

Injury Prevention:

Having the proper program that builds strength can help you to decrease the overload of repetitive stress while also improving your stamina to better prepare you for that upcoming race.  However, too much repetitive stress without breaks or stressing the body differently through sudden changes (too much or too fast) can lead to injuries in your muscles, bones or ligaments and have adverse effects on your training.  Strength training is a great way to give your body a break from the repetition of running and allow for healthy training cycles without injury so you can get the most out of your runs.

Increased Strength and Stability:

Running fast distance races usually entails being able to hold proper form for the longest amount of time.  It takes a great deal of muscular strength and stability to run efficiently; adding muscle strength will also help in minimizing stress on your joints.  One of the best ways to increase your power, force generation and stability is by adding a strength-training component two times per week to your training regimen.

Improved Times:

Research has shown that strength training with heavy weights and low repetitions can improve times by increasing your power and force generation.  A more powerful stride will increase your stride length without sacrificing your running efficiency.   If you are able to run with proper form for longer and without any wasted movements you will be able to improve your races times by your improved running efficiency.

At AID Performance Physical Therapy we are here to help you reach your goals this race season. On April 7th, Dr. Matthew Difede, Strength training and Physical Therapy expert will be putting on a seminar regarding proper weight lifting form and what exercises you should be doing to improve you run times.  The seminar will be held at our office in Ashburn VA located at 20295 Professional Plaza Suite 110.

If you are interested in attending this event click here to sign-up. Space is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis.  Our events fill up quickly so sign-up today!

If you have questions you want answered and are not sure if this event is right for you please give us a call so you can speak to someone who can help you make a better decision for your health.  We offer free phone and in-person consultations with our Expert Physical Therapists.  Call Now: 703-723-6758 or…

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Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI

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