Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that strength training improves both performance and injury resistance for endurance athletes. But these studies tested barbell movements like squatting with heavy weights, so how do you get started?
At CrossFit Slipstream, our approach applies the science to where you are today. Beginning with the 5 or 8 repetition maximums tested in the scientific literature is unwise. Instead, strength training for endurance athletes (and everyone else) starts with proficiency in basic movements – squat, push-up, sit-up, and back extension.
To gain this proficiency, you need to know the Mechanics of the movements and be able to execute those mechanics with Consistency. Finally, you can add Intensity, in the form of increased weight, greater range of motion, or speed.
Mechanics —> Consistency —> Intensity
Our FREE “Strength Training for Endurance Athletes” Guide, Tracker, and video series are designed to build strength, mobility, coordination, and balance at the same time. This efficient approach builds strength, resilience, and performance while leaving you energy for your sport-specific workouts. By working through your full range of motion after a long workout, you begin breaking up the tissue damage that leads to soreness and stiffness, allowing you to recover faster than you would have without the “strength work”.
Start by downloading the FREE GUIDE and TRACKER here. Then, start with the “bracing sequence,” video because it will help you perform all the other movements. Watch the other videos, and try our plan after your next long run, ride, swim, paddle, or whatever you do for a long time. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
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Founder/Head Trainer, CrossFit Slipstream