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 5x5 program. Some of you might remember be talking about this before, and now I’m doing it again.

Why 5x5?

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

I did Stronglifts 5x5 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 5x5 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 5x5 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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