Resistance Training for Runners | Personal Trainer Portland Oregon

Resistance training for runnersLet’s face it: running is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to get in a good bout of exercise.  It doesn’t require a gym membership or expensive weights.  All you need are shoes.  However, using running as your only mode of exercise can have its drawbacks.  Much as we cardio people may hate to admit it, it is important to do resistance training, as it can add important benefits to our training regime.  It is especially important for women, who often primarily run, to incorporate some resistance training.Resistance training (which is a catch-all term for weightlifting, body-weight workouts, elastic band workouts, and more) has a number of important benefits.  For people who are trying to lose weight, it can increase muscle mass, which will burn more calories even while resting.  It will also help to stave off osteoporosis by strengthening bones.  It will help improve posture and running strength (as well as speed) by activating and engaging different types of muscle fibers.  The strengthened muscles may also help to stave off injury by perfecting your personal biomechanics.  And finally, it will just make you stronger overall, which is never bad.Just because you should do some resistance training doesn’t mean that you need to run out and buy a bowflex or whatever.  Free-weights and body-weight resistance training are two incredibly effective tools that can be used by runners.  They may even be especially good for runners, because then the runners can do a few exercises after they run instead of sacrificing their running time for gym time.  Regardless of how you do it, resistance training does need to be done by all runners, and especially female runners, so they can continue running and live a healthy, active life.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241