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Strength Training Benefits

Strength Training Benefits

Runners have a tendency to stick with what they know best; running.   If you were once skeptical about adding a little weight lifting into your routine, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of strength training and how it could improve your running performance.  You might change your mind!

Here are a few key reasons:

1) Strength training builds a strong musculoskeletal system, strengthening tendons and connective tissue.

2) It helps prevent injury by alleviating weaknesses and improving mobility.

3) Strength training provides core strength to support proper running form by improving posture and reducing fatigue (especially in the hips and trunk).

4) Stronger muscles contract faster, which may lead to increases speed, stride length & rate, resulting in faster turnover.

5) Strength improves efficiency.  This decreases volume, equaling less time for the mileage.

6) Training your fast twitch fibers (Type IIA) can provides a finishing “kick” to your races.


Boone A Ebel
Endurance Athlete
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist in Performance Nutrition

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After graduating from Western Illinois University in 2004, Boone furthered his career in the health & fitness industry and owns a training and coaching business in Arizona. A lifetime runner and outdoor enthusiast, Boone enjoys competing in endurance events on both road and trails. When he is not training clients, odds are you can find him on the trail somewhere around the Southwest.

Since 2009, Boone has 33 Top Ten finishes including: -1st Overall 2014 San Pedro Park 10K -3rd Overall 2014 San Luis Obispo Marathon -4th Overall 2014 Oakland Marathon -2nd Overall 2013 Tucson Half Marathon -1st Overall 2013 Pass Mountain 12K (CR) -3rd Overall 2013 Canyon de Chelly 55K -4th Overall 2013 Santa Rosa Marathon -7th Overall 2013 Phoenix Marathon -2nd Overall 2013 Desert Classic Marathon -1st Overall 2013 Rose Bowl 10K -2nd Overall 2012 Mesquite Canyon Trail 50K -4th Overall 2012 Lost Dutchman Marathon -2nd Overall 2012 XTERRA McDowell Mountain 15 mile run -6th Overall 2011 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run -4th Overall 2011 Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run -1st Overall 2010 Sedona 50K -1st Overall 2010 Flagstaff 50K

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