Spending time in the gym is a very valuable part of training. Whether it is simple muscle activations or power workouts, they both have important roles to play. Big strength gains can occur in the gym which will reflect in more powerful strokes in the pool or more power on the bike or being able to hold good run form for longer. Also correct form and activating stabilising muscles can reduce sports injuries.
The Importance of Core Training
A strong core is important for running so you can keep your body upright and allow your legs to swing through freely. It prevents any wiggling in your torso and keeps you from deflecting energy, so you run faster. Back pain and poor posture is very often related to a weak core.
Maintaining Muscle Mass for Runners & Athlete's
Adding a couple of strength training sessions to your weekly programme can make a big difference. Especially as we age we need to try to maintain muscle tissue and strength, and preserve bone density, which can contribute to better balance and coordination.
The loss of muscle tissue due to ageing, also known as sarcopenia, can be problematic for older adults. People can expect to lose between 3% and 5% of their muscle mass per decade after the age of 30!, which affects their ability to perform many routine activities and lead an independent lifestyle. So it is imperative to maintain muscle mass throughout life.
In addition, strength training can help with fat loss. Not only do people burn calories during resistance training, but they also burn calories after their workout and while resting. This is due to the “after-burn effect,” which refers to the elevation in metabolism after an exercise session is completed.