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Resistance (weight) training offers several benefits for runners, including injury prevention and improved performance. Exercises that target the same muscles used in running – such as one-legged squats and high bench step-ups – have been used for years both to enhance performance and to promote recovery from injury. Studies also show that stronger muscles are less prone to injury – and tend to be injured to a lesser degree when injury does occur.
Weight training can be a valuable enhancement to any running program. However, it can only be effectively taught in person. If you are injured, prone to injury or desire improved performance, consider consulting with a certified personal trainer.