Tips for Training for the Marathon : Resistance Training to assist running

This week we are looking at Resistance Training to assist running!

It is definitely true that while preparing for any sort of run or race like the mini marathon it is important to ‘get the miles under your belt’. However there are other types of training that can assist you with your running, particularly resistance training.
What I mean by resistance training is training your muscles against a resistance, whether it is bodyweight or using tools like dumbbells, kettle bells, barbells, weights machines etc.
By incorporating resistance training into your routine even once or twice a week you will help strengthen muscles, prevent the risk of injury and help improve your endurance. I know from experience that you can knock minutes of your time by incorporating resistance training into your programme.
The type of resistance training really depends on your experience. If you have used this type of training before then maybe approach a trainer at your local gym about designing a programme to assist your running – this should be standard practice in any gym.
If you are a complete beginner then try the below workout 2/3 times a week either on non-run days are after your run.
Bodyweight Squats 3 sets x 10 reps
Bodyweight Forward Lunges 3 sets x 10 reps each leg
Bodyweight Reverse Lunges 3 sets x 10 reps each leg
Bodyweight Step Ups 3 sets x 10 each leg
Give it a go and see how you get on. Please remember to warm up before each workout and stretch post workout. Next week I will touch on nutrition.
Steve
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