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Strength Training For Distance Running: A Scientific Perspective

Karp, Jason R PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181df195b
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Abstract

ALTHOUGH STRENGTH TRAINING HAS BECOME COMMON AMONG MANY ATHLETES, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN STRENGTH/POWER/SPEED SPORTS, IS IT NECESSARY TO IMPROVE DISTANCE RUNNING PERFORMANCE THAT IS PRIMARILY LIMITED BY THE ABILITY TO TRANSPORT AND USE OXYGEN? THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE ISSUE OF STRENGTH TRAINING FOR THE DISTANCE RUNNER AND TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF STRENGTH TRAINING WHEN DONE FOR POWER.

Author Information

RunCoachJason.com, San Diego, CA

Jason R. Karp is an exercise physiologist, owner of RunCoachJason.com, director and coach of REVO2LT Running Team, presenter at national running and fitness conferences, adjunct professor at Miramar College, and a freelance writer in San Diego, CA.

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