Strength for Endurance Athletes


Most of today’s successful distance event coaches are recognizing the need to train their runners like athletes rather than just tacking on countless miles. I’ve worked with quite a few successful middle distance and distance runners on developing holistic programs to increase their running economy, finishing mechanics / speed and resistance to injury and it’s always amazing how much an endurance athlete can benefit from such a small amount of higher intensity resistance, plyometric, and sprint work. Here’s a recent video of America’s top distance runner, Galen Rupp in the weight room. While I’d like to see more higher intensity work with squats, lunges, etc than is shown in this video (as this is what research shows can actually impact running economy), what’s shown here is a good start and certainly doesn’t show us everything that Galen, Alberto and the rest with the Nike Oregon Project are doing.

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