Why Should Runners Use StrongLifts 5×5 for Strength Training?
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 really felt like a superhero doing it. I had never deadlifted before and found that I loved it. Same goes for squatting. Once again…I adored it.
Then I hurt myself. Because I thought I was more super than I really was. I started out too hard, I squatted too much weight with bad form. And…that was that.
After I hurt my knee and my hip doing that, 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 beastly gains second.
Do I Need Strength Training Equipment?
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 since Converse All-Stars are the best weightlifting shoes. Mine even have Superman on them.
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 5×5 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 About Strength Training! 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.
Let 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 describe it.
I mean…looking at me, sometimes you’d think that Dipper Pines and I share a personal trainer. Get it? That’s a Gravity Falls reference for ya.
As always, stay shiny, fitgeeks!