When most runners think about training, they refer to running. After running for so many miles each week, it's fairly easy to see why strength training isn't the first priority for most professional runners. Even though most runners believe that strength training may make them bulky and slow, strength and conditioning has been proved to be beneficial to improving performance in sprinters and runners in general.
Here we shall cover the 5 main reasons as to why all runners would need to include strength training to their performance goals and objectives.
Athletes concerned with physical preparation, particularly those of young age, are well aware that early specialisation of skills has not been promoted enough by coaches and the fitness community. In other words, athletes should strive to specialise in a given skill early while focusing on the way they achieve that via strength training plans and plyometrics in order to ultimately reach optimal physical performance in later years.
It is equally important that athletes get prepared for the here and now but also to create the foundation for achieving success in the future. Taking this into consideration, there are three main points to focus on when preparing for long term athletic development: