The Importance of Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

The Importance of Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

There is nothing quite like a run or bike ride on a clear and sunny day to clear your head. Endurance training is a fantastic way to stay in shape, destress and escape the daily grind. Many athletes love that “exercise high” where they feel like they can go for 100 miles and nothing can stop them….except for nagging knee/ankle/hip soreness. 

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to run, bike or row, and feel like you are at the top of your game? Combining strength training–which helps to build stronger muscles, tendons and joints–with endurance training is a great way to stay healthy. Strength training consists of shorter duration exercises using weight (bodyweight, dumbbells, bands), compared to endurance training, which consists of longer duration movements. Often, injuries occur during workouts because an athlete is overtrained or they have gaps in their program. Supplementing your endurance workout with “accessory movements” such as squats, calf raises, lunges and deadlifts, which help to target the quads, hamstrings and calf muscles, is vital for success with endurance training. 

Catalyze Performance has created a program to help incorporate strength training into any workout, in an effort to help our athletes feel at the top of their game. Our online program, Injury Prevention for Endurance Training, has workouts designed by Doctors of Physical Therapy (PT), with exercises to address the most common injury areas that we see in our injured athletes (knee pain, hip pain, ankle issues, achilles strains, hamstring pulls, etc.). The main focus of the program is to build lower body strength and enhance tendon health to optimize performance within an endurance sport. We have taken our favorite rehab exercises from the PT clinic and built them into a complete strength and conditioning program. This online program consists of two workouts per week for a month, and includes easy to follow exercise videos on our mobile app. It can be done at home or in a gym, and is designed to take 30 minutes or less per session. Best of all, you can try the program for free for one week to see if it is right for you. Once you decide you love it, the program is just a $25 flat, one time fee, and once complete, we provide a PDF of the entire program so you can refer back to the exercises at any time. Are you ready to take your health and fitness to the next level in 2021? Connect with us below. We look forward to having you on our team! 

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Stay healthy. 
Ryan Cullen and Joe Villecco 
Co-Founders, Catalyze Performance 
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