Strength Training for Runners with Stronglifts 5×5 Program

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.Today’s a good day. Like Faith would say on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, everything is five by five. What in the world do I mean by that? Well, for starters, I’m running again. Yay! And secondly, I started the Stronglifts 5×5 program. Some of you might remember be talking about this before, and now I’m doing it again.

Why 5×5?

Well, because it works, it’s fun, and it’s quick.

I did Stronglifts 5×5 a few years back, and I loved it. Like really loved it. I gained strength megafast, and I truly felt like a superhero doing it. I had never deadlifted before, and I found out that I loved it. I had never squatted before, and once again, I found that I adored it.

Then I hurt myself. Because I thought I was more super than I really was. I started out too hard, I did too much weight, and I had bad form. So I hurt my knee and my hip, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to 5×5 in years. So instead of starting off in the squat rack, I am starting in the Smith machine, and I am making sure I take it slow and work on my form first of all, and my bestly gains second.


 I am wondering about what kind of equipment I might want to grab as I continue with this. I know my handy-dandy Chucks will be there. I see a ton of people with weight-lifting belts around the gym (and I hate supporting the leather industry, so VeganLiftz has a bunch of good alternatives), and I wonder if I need to pick up another set of gloves since my hands are far from calloused.

Regardless of accessories, as a runner, I really appreciate that I can do 5×5 on my off-days, not wear myself down too much, and still work toward my goals. I can do 3 days of running and 3 days of Stronglifts, and I am set.

And every bit of research tells us that runners who do strength training on top of just running are healthier and perform better. So it’s kind of a no-brainer, right?

Enough, fitness. let’s talk about cartoons!

I am all about me some Gravity Falls right now. I love this show so much. I discovered it when I was prozac’d out of my mind in August, and now I’m rewatching it, and it’s just as delightful as it ever was. I don’t rewatch many cartoons, but this one is making me cackle just as much as I did when I saw it the first time. That’s high praise. It’s definitely in my top 3 shows these days, alongside Parks and Recreation and New Girl.

Finishing Up

et me know what strength training you do. I am always trying to learn something that can get me to stop being made out of spaghetti. Noodle arms don’t even begin to cut it.

I mean…looking at me, sometimes you’d think that Dipper Pines and I share a personal trainer.

As always, stay shiny, fitgeeks!

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