If you google ‘strength training for runners’ you’ll come up with a billion results. The problem isn’t that we don’t know that it’s beneficial, the problem is actually getting it done. I’ve written about developing mental toughness, how to motivate yourself to do hard things and why you need joy, not motivation – but in this episode of the podcast, Jo and I are talking specifically about strength training.
It’s easy to downplay the challenges with strength training and put it in the ‘just do it’ basket. But there can be loads of obstacles – gyms can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t used to the environment. You can get caught up in too many options and get overwhelmed. (For some strength apps to get you started you can check out these which are a great option for strength training for runners.) Or you can just de-prioritise it because it’s not something you enjoy and yep you guessed it when something is last on your list and last in your heart, it is the first thing that gets skipped.
In this episode we talk about:
- What is strength training anyway? Is it strength training or is it cardio with weights?
- When you can’t get going on your own – how to use group training or individual programming to help you get started or keep going
- The big question from the community in run club – ‘what motivates you to strength train when running just fills your cup so much more?’
- Inspirations from How I Built This – don’t fall in love with the solution, fall in love with the problem.
- If you want motivation, you are going to need an identified problem that you are trying to solve
- Understanding your environmental needs initially
- Strategies around habit bundling
- Periodising your strength training and cross training depending on your running goals
- Second question from the community in run club – can you do too much strength training?
- How to assess how you are recovering
- Choosing a programming style that works for you
- Should you change your nutrition change based on whether you are doing more strength training than running?
- How the things you are resistant to are probably clues about things you need to work on
- Strength training for confidence building – being able to handle a heavy weight, allows you to handle other heavy weights in your life
- Understanding what your physical and environmental barriers are to training
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