By Marc Lewis and the Exercise Geeks
Let’s face it: too many coaches and trainers overlook the need for maximal strength and power development in endurance athletes. Sure, it’s easy to simply cast aside the endurance athletes and focus on the high-octane sports like football, basketball, and baseball. After all, specificity dictates that they only need muscular endurance training, right? No doubt, there’s a time and place for high-rep work. But it turns out that well-trained and elite endurance athletes are often just spinning their wheels with too much of it.
Ultimately, the goals of any good strength training program are to optimize performance while reducing injury. Nevertheless, there remain many misconceptions regarding not only the type of strength training that endurance athletes need, but also the adaptations they need to make.