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.

What Is General Strength?

General strength refers to exercises, movements, and muscle groups that are not specific to the running motion or that don’t contribute directly to propelling you forward as quickly and efficiently as possible. These types of exercises are called “running specific” training, which you often find in running-specific core work, form drills, and plyometric routines.

However, general strength exercises can still help prevent injury and improve your performance. They serve as the backbone to helping you become a stronger overall athlete, which allows you to handle a greater workload (i.e. more intensity and/or greater mileage).

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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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