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General Strength Training For Distance Runners

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Oct. 24, 2013
Running works only the sagittal plane of movement. In order to become a better overall, more resilient athlete, it's important to also train the front and transverse planes of movement.

Address all three planes of movement to decrease your risk of both running-related and general injuries.

Improving general strength can benefit runners in numerous ways. For some, becoming a better, stronger overall athlete is one of their main training goals. For others, general strength can serve as an opportunity to decrease injury risk, prepare the body to handle a greater training load, and improve running performance.

Regardless of why you’re interested in improving your overall strength, implementing an intelligent and progressive plan is an investment that will return dividends on the work you put in. In this article we’ll take a look at three specific ways including some general strength work into your training schedule can help you improve as a runner.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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