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.

Doing 5 sets of 5 reps is super quick, and honestly, only having to keep up with and perfect 5 different exercises is pretty good for someone like me who doesn't particularly care for strength training.

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.

Plus as a runner, I really appreciate that I can do it on my off-days and still do something that is helping me toward my goals. I can do 3 days of running and 3 days of Stronglifts, and I am set.

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.

And just a quick, geeky reminder, I want to remind y'all that I write books, too. If you want to know more and help support the site and me (yes, I'm shameless), head to to see the whole list of them.

Let me know what strength training y'all do, too. I am always trying to learn something that can get me to stop being made out of spaghetti.

As always, stay shiny, fitgeeks!

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