Sunday, 16 October 2011

Strength training, running, or both???

How often do you see women pounding miles and miles on the treadmill ?? Beginners as well as experienced gym users will in about 80% of the time attack the treadmill in gyms and fitness clubs. As I have experienced  the effects running and interval training can have on your knees, I can talk about this subject with a great deal of experience.

Why is it that so many people (and women in particular) think it is okay to start running without doing any form for strength training prior or alongside the running??
How long do you think your joints will be able to cope without giving you any pain or discomfort?
If you are lucky and have a good running style, appropriate footwear, perform a good warm up etc. you might be one of the lucky ones and be able to keep running for years without suffering any pain or problems, but in more cases than not this is just a wish….

Have a think about this:
When you are running you put your joints through approximately 8 times more force than when you are walking!! 8 times!!

This is certainly something to think about! I know what I am going to say now will make me sound like I am a 60 year old woman and look back at the “good old days”, but if I knew half of the stuff I know today about training, recovery strategies, progressive overload and strength training I would without a doubt added so much more strength training into my routines alongside all the running I did. This would without a doubt improved all the hours of pain and frustration I have been through as a result of this!

So just a simple advice to all women (and men) out there on this wonderful Sunday:

Strength training is great! Don’t overlook the importance of building up a solid foundation for your body if you enjoy running..... or if you don't like running as well :)
Very concentrated!
I know I have talked about the importance of strength training before and I try to convince women everyday how important strength training is, but if you are not already convinced the popular phrase might convince you :



Do you agree or disagree?


Kine said...

Thanks for a great update on the theme Monica. I really need to start doing some strength exercises:)

kristinøstevik said...

Totally agree!

Q: Redcord or TRX, which one is the best?

Monica Torland said...

Kine: Thanks, nice to hear you found it useful. It is important for both of us, as none of us have the best knees in history:)

Kristin: I think they are both great pieces of equipment, difficult to say which one is best,it would depend on your needs. I used the redcord a lot when I was rehabing from a bad back injury several years ago, without a doubt vrey good for core strength, but very tough:)

kristinøstevik said...

Takk for svar..!