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5 Benefits of Strength Training

April 18, 2022

  1. Strength training helps to make a person more fit. Consistent strength training results in an increase in muscle or lean body mass and a decrease in fat. This makes it a great way to reduce unwanted weight and also decrease the risks of obesity. Reduced weight will reduce your risk of getting injured while running and will help you to increase your speed.
  2. Strength training reduces injuries. Most common running injuries happen to ligaments and tendons around joints. By strengthening muscles around a particular joint, strengthen the ligaments and tendons around that joint as well therefore reducing the chance of injury.
  3. Strength training helps you run faster and economically. Strength Training increases running speed by improving neuromuscular coordination and power. Strength training improves running economy by enhancing coordination which in turn increases stride efficiency.
  4. Incorporating weights into your regular exercise routine has been proven to increase your speed and VO2 max (how much oxygen your body can absorb and use during exercise). Why? Your muscles don't need to expend as much energy to hit a certain pace.
  5. Strength Training will help your recovery. Strength training plays a major role in recovery. The idea behind additional strength training is a significantly increased level of testosterone, which alongside human growth hormone, repairs your body during recovery. While human growth hormone is primarily triggered by prolonged efforts at high intensity, testosterone release requires heavy loads placed on large muscle groups. Therefore weight training on large muscle groups such as quadriceps and hamstrings will lead to an increase in testosterone production.

About the Author:

Dan Volpe, MS, MA, ATC