Running: Strength Training To Improve Your Running Pt.1

Strength training for Runners

Strength Training is very overlooked and shied away from topic in the running community, as their are many myths, such as “Strength Training or Lifting Weights will make me slow”.  Strength training is a crucial component in keeping you healthy, strong, and running your best.

Runners love to run and base everything on running exercises. Here are some other famous quotes we’ve heard over the years;

“ I want to be faster let me run faster during miles”

“ let’s do fartleck instead”

” I need more endurance, let me add another mile”

And my favorite “ Weight training, won’t make me faster or let me run more”.

Can Strength Training Really Help Me?

By actually adding some form of  resistance training, whether it is maximal strength or endurance training time to fatigue will decrease, rate of force production will decrease ( this is good) and overall run time will decrease. Almost forgot to mention, impact absorption also increases which decreases the chances of injury.

One great study on this was on maximal strength training by kyvind stkren of Norway1. Their program was 24 sessions over a 8 week period, 3 days a week of 4 sets of 4 reps of half squats. At the end there was an increase of rep max of 33%, rate of force production of 26%, rate of exertion by 70%, time to exhaustion increased by 5%, but there was no correlation to vo2 max (this is normal when performing tests that do not change intensities, not a graded test).

Another study we’ll mention did a training program using both strength and endurance which showed  improvements in time to exhaustion2

In short, by adding a resistance training program that is focused on power development  and velocity it will dramatically increase a runners speed and time to exhaustion ( endurance, Lactic acid tolerance). This also lessens the increase of mass(weight) and focuses more on the neuromuscular adaptions needed for power.

Maximal Strength Training Improves Running Economy in Distance Runners KYVIND STKREN1,2, JAN HELGERUD1,3, EVA MARIA STKA2 , and JAN HOFF1,4 1 Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NORWAY; 2 Department of Sport and Outdoor Life Studies, Telemark University College, NORWAY; 3 Hokksund Rehabilitation Centre, NORWAY; and 4 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St.Olav University Hospital, NORWAY

Tested LT HR, VO2, 1RM and RFD focused

1rm test, 10 reps of 50%, 5 reps of 60%, 3 eps of 70%, 1 reps of 80%, then 1 rep adding 2.5kg till true 1RM

Program 4sets*4RM half squats 3 days out of the week,    8wks

Added 2.5 if performed 5reps

1RM- increase 33%,    RFD increased 26%,  RE increased 70%  TTE- decreased 5% 72 sec

Not concruent with vo2

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Explosive-strength training improves 5-km running time by improving running economy and muscle power LEENA PAAVOLAINEN,1 KEIJO HA¨ KKINEN,2 ISMO HA¨ MA¨ LA¨ INEN,1 ARI NUMMELA,1 AND HEIKKI RUSKO1 1KIHU-Research Institute for Olympic Sports; and 2Neuromuscular Research Center and Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyva¨skyla¨, SF-40700 Jyva¨skyla¨, Finland

  • Increase 2-4vo2
  • .95 on forward jump

Effects of concurrent endurance and strength training on running economy and V0 2 kinetics GREGOIRE P. MILLET, BERNARD JAOUEN, FABIO BORRANI, and ROBIN CANDAU UPRES-EA 2991, Sport, Performance, Sante; Faculte des Sciences du Sport, Montpellier, FRANCE;

Stay tuned for Pt.2

By: Eric Martinez Co-Founder | Clinical Performance Specialist

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Running: Using RockTape To Improve Your Running !

Using RockTape To Improve Your Running

I am sure you have seen a numerous amounts of athletes on TV rocking this cool looking tape on their shoulders, necks, backs and other areas. From Olympic Swimming to NBA or the NFL, athletes of all kinds are enjoying the benefits of this tape.  I’m sure you’re wondering how it can help your running, right? But, before we explain how it can be used to improve your running, let’s find out what it is.

So what exactly is RockTape?

RockTape is a Kinesiology Tape preferred by many due to its high quality, pliability and great adhesive. RockTape is made from 97% Cotton 3% Nylon; with a hypo-allergenic, acrylic based adhesive that’s free of latex. This allows RockTape to outperform the competition by being stretchier and stickier.

But what is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology Tape was developed in the 1970s by Dr.Kenzo Kase, from Kojimachi, Tokyo,as a way to prolong the healing effects of his treatment for his patients through the skin.

Kinesiology Tape is not like Athletic Tape. Athletic Tape is meant to be rigid, restrict motion and add support, as where Kinesiology Tape is meant to be flexible not restricting and assist in mobility, plus more!

RockTape can be used in many ways for multiple benefits.

  • To Relieve Pain
  • To Activate or De-Activate a Muscle
  • To Reduce Swelling
  • To Delay Fatigue
  • To Decompress
  • To Enhance Movement and Improve Posture

 

My run was amazing!! The tape was great I attribute he comfort of my run to the rock tape!!! You guys…. Rock!!
Mary Hussey – 2018 Miami Marathon participant

Improve your running

One of the major issues with runners is that lingering discomfort or pain. RockTape can be used to help with that knee, hip or lower back pain by altering the pain signals to the brain changing the way your body perceives the pain. It can do this by lifting the skin and decompressing the area where pain or discomfort is present (as shown in the image above).

That constant Knee pain/discomfort can actually be caused by energy leaks(click here for previous post on energy leaks) due to inefficient biomechanics. A great example of this is knee pain caused by an over-pronating foot. You can use RockTape to temporarily correct the medial collapse which can improve that knee pain/discomfort as well as improve your gait! This is done as the RockTape will provide Kinesthetic Guidance (tactile stimuli providing feedback to the brain on how to move) so you can move more efficiently.  The RockTape acts as a physical cue to better enhance a movement pattern (as shown below)

Swollen Knees or Ankles?

No worries, RockTape can be used to help assist the lymphatic system by draining lymphatic fluid! This will not only help reduce swelling but it also helps with bruising!

 

RockTape can be used in so many different ways to help improve your running. Although the taping looks simple only a trained professional is able to determine why it’s needed, what needs to be taped and how it should be taped. The why, what and how are crucial in achieving a dramatic and positive effect.

By: Hector Maradiaga Co-Founder | Performance Specialist

Would you like to see how RockTape can work for you?

Come visit us at Infinity Sports Institute in our Brickell Location (42 SW 6th ST). Click Here to Schedule Your Free RockTape Session!

About Infinity Sports Institute

Infinity Sports Institute is dedicated in optimizing the human experience through sports science, sports medicine and technology. We believe Physical, Mental and Social components are pillars to optimizing the human experience.

For all your performance, recovery, rehab and consultant needs, make sure to contact us!

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