Coaches Tip: Coach Beckerley
Endurance Athletes: Strength Training is Important
This past weekend I ran the Lake Hodges 50k, a rolling terrain, on trails, in the heat. As I endured the miles this race was a reminder to me how important strength training is. I felt strong even after I passed 26 miles, my form was good and I was running efficiently and fast. Even when the doubts came into my head, I was able to remind myself that I am strong, correct my running form and continue forward to the finish.
All great athletes strength train, also adult athletes who want to finish challenging races, PR their best times, feel great after races strength train. Our athletes at Performance Strength Lab consistently prove it. Tiger Woods one of the greatest golfers of all times who also ran track and cross country before he became a professional golfer said it well. “treat it as a sport.” “I let other people treat it like a hobby,” he says. “It would be asinine for someone not to workout and go play football. It doesn’t make sense for golf either.” This is true for golf, team sports, running, cycling and triathlon too!
The great marathon runner Meb Keflezighi winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon writes in his book Meb For Mortals “I can always tell by looking at race photos when I haven’t been as dedicated to strength training as I should be. To take just one example I’ll notice that I’m bent forward at the waist. Among other things, this means I’m using more energy just to keep my back upright. As a result, I’m slower but feel like I’m working harder. Having better form and therefor running more efficiently and faster is one reason strength training is so important.”
I noticed this myself in 2011 when I decided to shelve strength training and concentrate on getting more running miles in as well as cycling and swimming for triathlon. The races that year I saw a dramatic drop in my performance and my running times. It was not until I implemented back into my weekly training plan Strength Training that my race times improved again.
Whether you are a competitive athlete or an athlete who wants to finish events feeling strong and enjoying each mile you should include Strength Training into your plan. We at Performance Strength Lab specialize in helping Adult and Youth athletes reach their goals, contact us today for a free Success Session so we can get you started on your path to feeling strong.