As a personal trainer, I often come across runners and triathletes that do not include strength and conditioning in their programmes. They should.
I didn't when I first started out running and was plagued with injuries, nothing too serious, but these could have been avoided if I had included some strength endurance training into my programme.
As I moved into Triathlon, I realised how important it was.
You don't need access to a gym, you can do this in your back garden or a local park. Body weight exercises are a great place to start.
This is a great wee workout for runners and triathletes to include in their training a couple of times a week to build and enhance their strength endurance which will benefit their overall health and fitness. The advantages of strength training for endurance athletes include: Decrease the risk of injury; Improved speed; Enhanced efficiency; Improved muscular power; and Decreased body fat, optimised lean muscle tissue.