Engaging in a variety of exercises helps to work for different muscle groups and can prevent pain or injuries that can occur when you repeatedly perform the same type of exercise. This is particularly important for runners due to the repetitive nature of the sport as well as other endurance athletes such as swimmers or cyclists.
Why You Need Strength Training
When designing a strength training program, it is important to consider the principles of overload, specificity, and progression. Overload refers to the need to progressively increase the resistance or load placed on the muscles to promote adaptation and growth. Specificity refers to the need to target specific muscle groups or movements that are relevant to your goals or activities. Progression refers to the need to gradually increase the intensity, volume, or frequency of your workouts over time to continue making progress.
Why Other Training Is Important
Upper Body Strength
While running is a great form of exercise, athletes should incorporate other types of exercise into their routine to prevent injury, improve overall fitness and performance, and maintain motivation and consistency.