It is no secret that I am a runner and I love to run. I had been told again and again that I should start strength training, lifting weights, resistance training, whatever you call it, it’s all the same, you are working with weights or weight machines. I had been resistant to the idea until I couldn’t get rid of a nagging leg and hip pain that I would bet during and would nag me after my runs. Since I had a gym membership I decided to give it a try.
I tried on my own at first, but I was so overwhelmed with all the machines to choose. I made an appointment to met with one of the trainers to get some help. I met with Mike Urpani, Fitness Manager at Gold’s Gym in Plano, TX.
Mike Urpani, Fitness Manager, Gold’s Gym Plano, TX
I met with Mike who evaluated my fitness level and put together a fitness program designed to help improve my running. Mike explained that while running was a gret cardio activity, I was tearing down muscle with every run and although I was consuming protein after each run to help repair and rebuild the torn muscle, I was not building any strength. Strength training becomes even more important as we age and our muscles begin to atrophy. Strength training helps prevent injury and preserves the muscle strength to help us do everyday things like climbing stairs, lifting yourself from a chair or just plain standing or walking. It improves our balance.
According to Mike Urpani, Fitness Manager at Gold’s Gym, Plano, strength training workouts should be done 2 or more times a week. The weight should be heavy enough to work the muscle until fatigued, the amount of weight you lift will increase as your muscle strength grows.
Mike also says that one of the biggest benefits is that strength training increases muscle mass and increased muscle mass makes you stronger and muscle cells burn more fat calories, even at rest.
Over the past few months I have seen an improvement in my running and I do not have the nagging leg pain or hip pains I once had during and after running.
Strength training can help prevent injuries, increase muscle endurance, strengthens weak joints and helps minimize fatigue for any athlete.
I am glad I gave it a try.