If you love running, you should also be following a solid strength training program that includes lifting weights. Strength training is crucial for runners. It can lead to:

  • Improved performance
  • More efficient musculoskeletal functioning
  • Reduced incidence or severity of overuse injuries associated with running
  • Increased flexibility

Runners often fail to appreciate the last benefit. Like muscle strength, flexibility goes far in preventing overuse injuries and speeding recovery from injuries that do occur. Hints for promoting flexibility while strength training: perform each exercise through its complete range of motion, and gently stretch each muscle group immediately after training it (rather than at the very end of your strength-training workout).