This post started out as something different, but then I started writing and it turned into something else! Has that ever happened to you!!??
Quite the accusatory blog title, right!?
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you hopefully have gathered that even though I love to run, I also love lifting and think every athlete/runner/woman/man/human should do it. And I don't mean picking up 5 lb dumbbells and doing bicep curls while watching The Real Housewives of Fill in the Blank. (Nothing against The Real Housewives- OR 5 lb dumb bells if that's all you can do.)
Why shoulder runners strength train?
1. Injury prevention
2. Develops Type II muscle fibers (Those are the fast twitch ones! You want to be faster, right?)
3. Helps you run more efficiently
5. Stops/prevents muscle loss
6. Prevents diseases like osteoporosis
7. Changes your body composition- more muscle, less fat
I knew strength training was an important part of fitness, but it took me a long time to actually start doing it. One of my biggest regrets is not hitting the weight room sooner. Oh well, better late than never! I guess my point is, that even though most athletes recognize the importance of strength training, they still may not do it! Or they don't do it purposefully/consistently. And I understand that. I was there. I knew it would be beneficial but I still didn't do it!
Reasons I did not strength train:
1. It meant less running. (That turned out to be a good thing for me.)
2. I was scared I wouldn't burn as many calories and would get fat. (OMG just the OPPOSITE happened!)
3. I didn't think it would work. (But at the same time I knew it would work... weird...)
4. I thought lifting was boring. (My trainer found ways to make it more interesting by mixing lifting with plyos.)
5. I was afraid I wouldn't "feel" like I had worked out because I would not have my runners high. (Doing the plyos helped that.)
These are 3 rules I followed, no matter what....
1. Never skip a strength training workout. You can skip a run, but don't skip lifting. Unless you are injured or sick, of course.
2. Do not lift lower body on a running day. A lifting day is for lifting. All of your energy should be focused on your lifts.
3. Eat lots of protein and some carb within 1 hour of lifting. Your muscles need to rebuild.
As you can see, I was all about building muscle. In my brain, there was no point in lifting if I wasn't going to eat a huge chicken breast afterwards!
I am excited to finally be a personal trainer. I am hoping I can help clients get over their preconceived notions and fears of weight training... or help them do it more effectively. Because I know. I've been there. If you told me 3 years ago that very soon I'd be in the gym lifting 2-4 times a week and running a lot less, I would have laughed at you and told you to take a hike!
Why don't you strength train?
Why DO you strength train?