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Strength Training for Runners to Run Faster

The two main things which determine your sprinting speed are your leg speed and leg power. Having a lean body type rather than a fat or stocky one will also help but I think that how fast you move your legs and how strong they are will determine your sprinting speed more than anything, and while having a small upper body is certainly an advantage in sprinting, a muscular man with a large upper body can still be an excellent runner if his legs are strong and fast enough.

sprinting

In this article we will focus on the strength of your legs instead of your leg speed. The stronger your legs are the stronger the push forward will be and if your legs are strong enough you can manage to outrun men with much faster legs than yours. This is why weight training is important for sprinters, contrary to popular belief. Let’s go through the best strength exercises for the sprinter.

NOTE: Always do high weight low rep training like a powerlifter does when doing these exercises. This will push your muscles to the max and strengthen them as much as possible without building unnecessary muscle, which would slow you down. As a sprinter you don’t want large powerless muscles like a bodybuilder has.

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No, Squats do NOT Make Your Butt Bigger!

It’s about time someone dispels this myth. Maybe then less-endowed women would stop getting their hopes up and men would stop being afraid of performing the squat with the fear of their backside getting bigger.

squat and gluteus maximus

First of all the reason the female’s butt is larger, or should I say chunkier than the male’s is because of the higher fat deposit in that body part. Exceptions aside, men tend to store most bodyfat around their belly while women store it mostly in their buttocks and breasts. It is that fat which gives the female a larger and shapelier behind, not the gluteal muscles. If a female doesn’t have that extra fat then her backside wouldn’t be that different from a man’s. See where I’m getting at here?  The squat primarily works the gluteus maximus, the muscle of the buttocks. It will make your behind stronger and harder but it won’t make it plump because as I have already told you earlier, it is the fat which makes the female butt plump, not the muscle. Females do not have bigger butt muscles than men. They just have more fat, especially in that area.

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