How to Optimize Strength Training for Running (Jason Gets Interviewed!)

Strength training requires planning and periodization, just like running. Learn how to optimize strength training to get the best possible benefits from your efforts!

“Strength training” is a broad concept that can mean a variety of things, ranging from bodyweight workouts to lifting heavy in the gym. So which type of strength work will benefit you the most?

All of it!

But don’t panic… This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym away from your true love: running. While strength work can be approached in many different ways, it all starts with consistency. Short, consistent workouts will benefit you far more than infrequent doses of long, hard efforts. 

Learning how to schedule your strength work over the course of each training week and throughout your race season can take some planning. If you’re willing to make strength training a part of your routine, then you’ll want to plan it in a way that maximizes your benefits.

How to Optimize Strength Training

This week’s episode features an interview from the Elevate Your Running Podcast, where the tables were turned and I was the guest. Our discussion focused on the topic of weight training for runners, including the importance of embracing strength training and the qualities of an effective training plan.

Coach Sara Manderschied and Austin Meyers are the podcast hosts who seek to elevate your training and encourage you to show up as the best version of yourself in your running and your life. Strength training is one of many ways we can show up to be the strongest version of ourselves.

My conversation with Sara and Austin dives into the nitty gritty decisions we make around how we plan strength training, and how to make it sustainable, and more tips on how to optimize strength training for running. We focus on:

  • Barriers that prevent runners from getting into weightlifting
  • Proactive ways to prevent injury with strength work
  • Similarities and differences in strength training for a 5k runner and marathoner
  • The role of strength training in muscle activation
  • How to periodize weight training alongside your running
  • Minimizing the impact of DOMS on your training

Enjoy my discussion with Sara and Austin! And don’t miss our free strength course here.

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