STRENGTH TRAINING FOR RUNNERS: SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

Date Published: 21 Feb 2018 Categories: News
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We recently conducted a survey to find out exactly what runners think of strength training. We were thrilled with the responses we received! Read on to find out what the results revealed, and how SSISA will be putting the results into action.

MAIN FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY
We had 157 replies and found that a whopping 92% wanted more info/podcasts/videos on strength-training and 97.5% of you would be interested to find out more about a strength-training course which included eccentric training.

MORE RESULTS…
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO STRENGTH TRAINING?
When asked how many of the 157 participants did strength training to supplement their running, 26% said almost never, 27% said once a week, 29% said twice a week and 18% three or more times per week. Overall, quite a diligent bunch!

TOP REASONS FOR NOT DOING STRENGTH TRAINING
Survey participants mentioned that the following factors contributed to their lack of strength training:

I don’t have time (42%)
Other (34%)
I wouldn’t know HOW to strength train (17%)
I don’t belong to facilities where I can do strength training (10%)
I fear it’ll make me bulk up (6%)

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ECCENTRIC TRAINING
When asked whether participants knew what Eccentric training was, more than half said they do (53%). We’re impressed!

(Alright, we’ll put you out of your misery if you’re still unsure: Eccentric training involves muscles lengthening under tension, for example, lowering a weight or walking downhill.)

PUTTING YOUR RESULTS INTO ACTION
Great news on several fronts. Our experts are teaming up with the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, who will be producing a strength-training video and we are already in the throes of getting more content on our platforms. PLUS, if you view this flyer, we have designed a 10 week Grucox Eccentric training course (2 sessions a week) kicking off late January next year. Space is limited with only 8 of these Grucox ergometers per slot.

If you are interested in finding out more, e-mail Kathy on kmcquaide@ssisa.com and indicate whether you’d prefer early morning or evening slots.

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