22 Dec 2020

Official Training Partner for the Virtual Winter 10K Run, Auro are here to help guide you through your race prep. Thanks to their exclusive 10K training plans, you’ll all be smashing your finish times in style. To get you started, have you ever thought about strength training? It’s a great way to improve your speed, reduce injury risk and build confidence as you strengthen your joints and muscles, allowing you to be on top form at all times.

How strength training works for runners

Strength work prevents injuries by strengthening connective tissues and muscles. It can improve neuromuscular coordination so you can run faster, and encourages stride efficiency and coordination, so you can run more effectively. 

Scientific research supports these benefits further by suggesting that adding weights to your usual exercise routine could boost your speed and maximal oxygen uptake or VO2 max (this is the maximum amount of oxygen you can use when engaged in intense exercise). This is because your muscles won’t have to expend too much energy to attain a certain pace. 

Building your muscles can help you burn more calories

If you are running to lose or maintain your weight, strength training can add to your muscle mass, so your body can burn more calories. Muscle uses oxygen, so with more lean muscle mass, your body has a higher capability to use oxygen and burn calories. So, don’t be afraid to build some muscle if running is your preferred aerobic exercise.

Run more efficiently

Strength training builds your resistance, strengthens your legs, and boosts your endurance. More endurance means being able to run for longer, whilst burning more calories. Moreover, your muscles will be able to recover much faster from lengthy runs as your body is now more efficient in creating energy from metabolic waste.

When you run more efficiently, you can become less prone to developing injuries at the joints. This means a lower risk of having repetitive stress injuries. Ab workouts, single-leg hops, and squats are some simple exercises you can incorporate into your routine to improve running performance and avoid lower body injuries.

Get race ready with the Auro app and access your free, bespoke race training plan today. Use code RACE30 at checkout to get 30 days free access and reap the benefits of an audio personal trainer.