Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lower Body Strength from Running

It is true that you can only get stronger to a point, but that is the limiting factor with all exercise modalities - strength training included Regardless of the choosen exercise squats, leg press, or running leg strength will only be developed up to specific point based on many factors. Some of which are body leverages, ranges of motion, and genetic limitations as to how fast or how much one can lift or run. IMO being able to overload is not a factor with any activity. Since any modality can be made systamatically more challenging.

If overload really is making the body or muscle area perform more work than currently capable than the following are ways to overload a running workout.

1. progress in speed (jog to run)
2. progress in distance relative to time
3 perform intervals or spriniting activities / add more intervals
4. reduce the rest period of said intervals
5 run hills / same procedures are intervals
6. perform a distance course with hill intervals - if course has hills
7. change the running surface. grass is more challenging than the road - beach sand is probably the most challenging.
8. perform other running activities as intervals ( bear crawls, crab walks, side shuffle, backwards running) (side note bear crawls on beach sand is a killer)
9. Add bodyweight squats or lunges at periods of a long run. every 5 minutes perform 50 squats.
10. perform sprints with push-up intervals. If you think push-ups don't work your hips perform them after sprints.

I just think that all the above are ways of having the lower body perform more work than it's currently able. therefore making it stronger!

Just a thought since most commerical gyms don't have much in the way of lower body exercises, especially if you can't squat or deadlift. Just food for thought. - Doug Scott, Strength Coach