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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

The biggest mistake runners make with strength training

🏃🏻‍♀️💪🏃🏻‍♂️ Attention all runners! 📢 Let's address a common mistake many of us make when it comes to strength training: not pushing ourselves enough! 🏋️‍♂️🏋️‍♀️

We all recognize that incorporating weights into our workout routine can significantly enhance our performance & overall strength, but one prevalent error we observe among runners at the gym is not using sufficient weight during exercises.

To truly build strength, it's essential to sufficiently challenge your body. Frequently we notice runners either performing exercises without any added weight or using weights that are too light & easily manageable.

To maximize your strength gains, it's ideal to lift a weight that allows you to complete only 2 more repetitions before reaching failure. This concept is known as "reps in reserve" (RIR). For instance, if you're doing an exercise for 8 repetitions, you should choose a weight that you could lift for 10 repetitions.

Now, here's a little test for all of you: select one of your current exercises & perform as many reps as you can using your chosen weight. If you're able to do more than 2 extra reps compared to your usual performance, it's time to increase the weight!

So test yourself, & remember, go HEAVY in the gym!

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