Tailoring Strength Training to Runners

Strength training can be a potent tool for runner’s to add to their training regimen to reduce their chances of injury, put themselves in the best position to deal with challenging training and perform their best on race day. Unfortunately, many runners struggle with what to do, how to do it or when to fit it in their training cycle. Here are a few things I think are key when we go to write a strength program for an endurance athlete.

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Nathan Carlson
Should We Worry About a Runner’s Cadence?

Assessing a runner’s cadence is a common practice for many runners, coaches and clinicians. Many running watches even have the ability to spit out a runner’s step rates during their workouts. Much like foot strike, the idea of increasing a runner’s step rate has been proposed by many as a way to either stay healthy or run faster. Like any aspect of running form, our cadence is constantly changing.

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High School Runners: Progressing Load and Grip Strength

For many youth runners new to lifting, their leg strength improves quickly. Getting them on a solid program of squatting, deadlifting and lunging often produces quick improvements in their lower body strength. As their leg strength progresses, the limiting factor for a lot of their lower body lifts becomes their upper body strength. 

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Nathan Carlson