From Force Barbell by Andrew Meadows, CSCS
I would do anything for the ability to inject the kind of passion and dedication into my clients that I see from most runners. Runner will do anything in their power to insure their daily appointment with the pavement. Runners love to run. Runners love the thrill and rush you get from pushing through fatigue to finish that last stretch of road. As a strength and conditioning coach, I love what running can do for the mind and body.
Yet for all I see in runners, I also see opportunity; untapped potential. Unfortunately, I see a side of training that the majority of the endurance community is ignoring. Running is a movement pattern like any other that requires certain muscles to function optimally and certain joints to move freely in order for success in the long term.
It is almost guaranteed that most runners, including you, have experienced plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or patellar tendonitis. Many runners treat these issues with rest and ice. While this form of treatment is good, it fails to treat the underlying issues that cause the ailment. Is it possible to treat the underlying issue while at the same time improving performance? You bet it is!
Below is an outline of five strength training strategies that will not only improve your running performance, but will also help “bullet-proof” your body so you can do what you love for the long term.
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