Do you want to be a great runner? Have you been trying to improve your running ability by increasing your time on the track? You may have been overlooking a great, unexpected fitness strategy—resistance training.

Why resistance training, you may ask. Simple, resistance training provides a great complement to your running routine.

What are the benefits?

  • Resistance training is great for burning fat. This means it’s great at making you a lean, mean running machine!
  • Resistance training can increase leg muscles and increase endurance. Don’t you want to run longer?
  • It can help prevent injuries. No one likes to be hurt.

How can you incorporate resistance training into your running routine?

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Rubberbanditz stretching out after a Rubbber Run!

Sometimes it’s hard to find time to hit the gym in the trail, but lucky for you our resistance bands are light and easily carried with you to the trail. Twice a week try breaking up your usual run with intervals of running and intervals of resistance training.

Last year, Rubberbanditz hosted a few local "Rubber Runs" in the Durham, NC Area, where we are based. This is a great chance to be physically active and social at the same time! We would run for a bit and intersperse resistance exercises to make sure that we were getting a full body workout. Then we finished up with a frosty beverage at the local watering hole!

Want a sample workout to get you started?

Intervals:

  1. Run 1 mile
  2. Band Chest Press & Band Rows (superset)
  3. Run another 1 mile
  4. Standing shoulder press and upright rows (superset with band)
  5. Run 1 last mile
  6. Squats with band then 'leg lubricator' and 'quadlity' with band
  7. Water
  8. Beer

This is really just one option, and the distance and the number of exercises can vary based on your own fitness level. We just found that 3 miles was a great distance for a group.

Try it and see for yourself! If you're interested in starting a Rubber Run group in your area, please let us know at [email protected], we'd love to help you get the word out!