Runners tend to make the following mistakes in strength training:
- Attempting exercises without a proper understanding of the form or the appropriate range of motion needed to complete the exercise, ultimately compromising the effectiveness of the exercises and potentially increasing the risk of injury.
- Performing exercises or movements that lack specificity (transference), and have no direct affect on your running.
Many strength training exercises will increase your fitness and make you generally stronger. However, not all exercises will actually improve your running. If your goal is to become a better, stronger and more durable runner, embrace a strength training program that helps develop more efficient and economical movement with an emphasis on endurance as opposed to critical or absolute power.
You don’t have to give up your favorite exercises or skip your next group fitness class. Simply take a more critical look at how you approach your non-running workouts to ensure what you are doing will actually help your running.