USATF publishes a quarterly for everyone on their coaches registry. Its called “Track Coach”. The Editor is Russ Ebbets, an old buddy since my time in Albany, NY with the Freihofer’s Run For Women 5K. Russ has even been to Omaha to speak, no higher authority in his multiple fields of chiropractic, physical therapy, and non traditional, comprehensive treatment modalities.
This month’s edition (#222) features two well researched, scientific articles, seemingly dichotomous but spot on. “Do Distance Runners Really Need To Strength Train?” “Strength Training For Increased Speed.” To illustrate this isn’t Runner’s World, other articles include “Plausible Ergogenic Effects of Vitamin D On Athletic Performance and Recovery”, “Fascia As A Sensory Organ”, and “From Start To Finish, The Women’s 100M Hurdles.”
Dr. Jason Karp asserts a simple truth in his research for International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. The condensed version of strength training for distance runners is simple. It is beneficial for those just beginning a running career. Or, “Since Strength training can’t improve aerobic ability, it can’t directly make someone a better distance runner. The most direct way to become a better runner is to run.”
In “Strength Training For Increased Speed” Liam Coultman discusses Maximum Strength and Explosive Strength and back squats, front squats, deadlifts, power clean, snatch, squat jump and standing long jump. All excellent work for sprinters and jumpers and those seeking to cultivate every possible fast twitch muscle.
My personal training philosophy meets in the middle. At the center of my stride. Strongest at the hinge of my Giddyup!