Strength training is not cross-training for runners – it’s fundamental to getting stronger, faster, and healthier. If you’re new to weightlifting, strength experts like today’s guest, Tony Gentilcore, can make lifting heavy weights less intimidating.
Weightlifting is critical for runners who want to get the most out of their training. While it’s easy to skimp on weights in favor of running more miles, weight training for runners has so many benefits:
- Increased speed and power
- Greater running economy that helps improve endurance
- The ability to handle a greater workload (i.e., you can run more!)
- Improved injury resistance
In short, there’s no good reason NOT to strength train if you’re a runner!
Getting started with a strength routine is often the hardest part. For those that have already built the habit of running and lifting, you may be intimidated by lifting heavier weights as you progress, especially if that means going to the gym.
That’s where today’s guest comes in. A sought-after strength training and conditioning coach, Tony Gentilcore can help guide you through the questions you have about weight training as an endurance athlete.
Get Your Biggest Weightlifting Questions Answered
Tony Gentilcore is a former collegiate baseball player who graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY-Cortland with a degree in Health Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion. After almost going pro in baseball, he worked as a personal trainer for several years in NY, CT, and MA.
Tony opened a sports performance gym with two other trainers that has grown into one of the premier baseball training facilities on the east coast. He has contributed his strength training expertise to numerous publications, including T-Nation, The Boston Herald, and BodyBuilding.com, amongst others.
In today’s podcast, Tony addresses many common questions related to weightlifting. But this episode is unique because the questions come directly from members of our High Performance Lifting Program, including the following:
- How do runners find a great strength coach or gym? What are the top 1-3 things to look for?
- Should weightlifting routines be modified for older runners?
- If an athlete wants to avoid any Olympic lifts but still wants to develop power and explosivity, are there alternative exercises that would be helpful?
- How can runners tell if they are over or under training with regard to strength?
Check out the podcast to hear the answers to these questions and more. These questions are only a sample from the full 90min Q&A! Be sure to join HPL so you can get your hands on the full conversation!
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Links & Resources from the Show:
- Follow Tony Gentilcore on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- Visit Tony’s website
- Join High Performance Lifting to get access to the entire Q&A!
- Not ready to join yet? Sign up for our free strength training series here
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