Strength training

photo by Brian McCurdy at Coast Mountain Trail Series

My two cents

Overall, I just like to feel strong and don't mind the compromise of carrying extra body weight on my frame. I’ve found that a solid core keeps me from collapsing my mid-section and generally holds my form when fatigue starts to set-in, especially in long events. I’m conscious of my heaviness on the climbs, but grateful to access that power when navigating rugged terrain at speed.

Lifting and cross-training makes sense for my style of running and context. I’m a masters athlete and realistically, my recovery times take longer. I have a tendency to fall hard and take all kinds of beatings on the trail, and when I tumble there’s a higher chance of minimizing injuries thanks to my conditioning.

Simply put, a well-rounded approach to training provides me with the confidence that I’ll be able to enjoy outdoor pursuits lifelong to the fullest.

Cap Crusher finish line, CMTS 2014 - Photo by Brian McCurdy

For more on lift technique, form, bio-mechanics maintenance see Becoming A Supple Leopard. It's a good idea to work with a qualified trainer or coach, even if just for a tune-up on technique.

Building the foundation with consistent practice.
Snatch progressions, slowly adding the weights as the form improves.

Crown MTN, Feb 2015 - Photo by Pascal Gray

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