Tony Gentilcore on Why Runners Need to Lift

Is it surprising that I don’t think strength workouts are cross-training? Rather, strength work is just part of your training as a runner.

Strength Training

Cross-training is supplemental exercise that can be helpful to your running, like cycling.

But just like form drills, strides, or dynamic flexibility exercises, I consider strength training to be an integral part of how to train distance runners.

If you’re not strength training, then you’re not training.

And to help you get things right in the weight room, I invited a top strength and conditioning coach on the Strength Running podcast to talk about:

  • What are the benefits of strength training?
  • Do runners need to lift differently than other athletes?
  • How do you strength train without a gym membership?
  • What are the most common mistakes in the weight room?
  • Do women need to lift differently or tweak their programs?
  • What are the “little things” for weight lifters?

Even if you’re comfortable in the gym, you won’t want to miss this episode.

Tony Gentilcore: Heavy Things Won’t Lift Themselves

Tony Gentilcore

Cofounder of Cressey Sports Performance, Tony now owns his own gym outside of Boston and trains top-level athletes and everyone else.

A frequent contributor to major fitness and media outlets like T-Nation, Women’s Health, and The Boston Herald, Tony also runs a popular strength training blog.

Tony made my job easy as podcast host because he has a great sense of humor and can make exercise science seem easy. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I did speaking with Tony.

Download it here if you have an iPhone or on Stitcher if you use the Android platform.

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2017 is the Year of Fundamentals and we’re focusing on the bedrock principles that make good runners into incredible runners.

And lifting is one of those fundamentals. It is not a “nice to do” – it’s a must-do if you’re interested in reaching your potential and reducing your risk of injury.

We’ll be going into much more detail in the coming months about weight training for runners.

But until then, I want to know some of your top questions about strength training.

Leave them in the comments below and I hope to answer as many as I can!

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Comments

  1. Hello Tony ,Agree with you that strenght work is part of training. I Got what I want ,A much needed strenth training which is very useful for runners. As I came to know about different different technique but yours is helpful ,But as a runner I think other parts of training also required like how to concentrate on path and how to Run faster ,How our body parts movement should be.
    Anyways Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice time!

  2. Yeah definitely agree i used to have a sligt muscle imbalance in my hamstrings that used to pull quite often. Managed to fix the issues in the weight room!

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