I really love running. ….. But I like strength training, also. So how does one combine the two without sacrificing functional strength? Running is great for aerobic endurance and basic fitness. It builds good legs and glutes and you can get a average core workout but that’s about the limit of it.
If you do to much weightlifting, body building, or powerlifting you have a chance of becoming to muscle bound and just build strength for the exercises you train. So my question was how to build functional strength? How can I stray strong and fit with exercises that will complement my running and any other physical or daily activities I want to partake in?
Well for me the answer is bodyweight exercises. Yes, I know, snicker all you want. I use to until I got back into strength training and decided to take another approach. Try doing 50 pushups, or 30 pistol squats. Kind of hard huh?
Well last night I did 100 burpees (I did the squat jumps but did a plank instead of the pushup)in about 12 minutes and, then followed it up with one set of 50 pushups. That was to make up for not doing a pushup in the Burpees. I thought it would be easy. It was a WHOLE lot Harder then I thought. Today my abs, lower back, traps and hamstrings are a little sore. It was a very good strength workout with a good aerobic workout added to it.