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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

Why runner's don't strength train

Most runners know they should incorporate strength training into their routines, yet many still avoid it. Why is that?

1️⃣ Preference for Running🏃‍♂️: Many runners simply prefer being outdoors & running, which is why they chose the sport in the first place! The thought of spending time in a gym doesn't appeal to them. Solution: Keep strength sessions short & consider doing workouts at home. 🏠

2️⃣ Lack of Knowledge and Experience 🧠: A significant number of runners have never been inside a gym and are unfamiliar with the equipment. They also often don't know which exercises to perform. Solution: Keep the exercises simple & straightforward. ✔️

3️⃣ Time Constraints ⏰: Busy schedules can make it difficult to find time for an extra workout session. Solution: Focus on strengthening key muscle groups like calves, quads, hamstrings, & glutes, or target areas prone to injury. It's also possible to split the exercises throughout the week rather than completing them all in one session. 📅

4️⃣ Muscle Soreness 😣: Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can hinder running performance, making it tough to stay consistent. Solution: Start with light resistance & gradually increase the weight. Avoid heavy strength training the day before an important running session. 💪

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