#TrainingThursday: Should Marathon & Half Marathon Runners Lift Weights? Pt. II
- First, we address the commonly held view that runners should only be doing “runner specific” exercises. Besides, since all humans have the same hips, knees, ankles, and spines…a “runner specific” squat doesn’t really exist!
- Second, we dig into what single leg exercises you should be performing: lunges, split squats, step ups, and single leg deadlifts.
- Finally, we discuss what happens when you lift “heavy” – your technique & safety improves, you develop incredible core strength and stability, and provide an anabolic training stimulus that promotes balance and recovery from your highly catabolic running sessions.
Want to know what a strength training session should like? What days of the week strength train? And should you lift before or AFTER your runs? We’ll save that for our final installment in Part 3.