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How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT

How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT

Update: 2024-02-01
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In recent years, runners have come to accept that strength training is a necessity to stay healthy and perform optimally. Learn how to periodize your strength work into 3 distinct phases to take your training to the next level!

As a physical therapist, Jimmy Picard specializes in treating endurance runners and mountain athletes to help them stay healthy. He is also a certified running coach and strength coach. Jimmy’s experience in competitive endurance sports combined with his expertise in PT allow him to offer valuable insights to runners so they can avoid and recover from injury.

On this episode with Jimmy, you’ll learn why and how to schedule the different phases of strength training, including:

  • Complementing the catabolic nature of running with strength training
  • Why there is more room for a variety of strength work during base training
  • The role of muscular endurance work in various training phases
  • Which training phase makes the best use of raw strength
  • How to schedule strength training around your hardest workouts
  • When to focus on bodyweight and physical therapy-type exercises
  • Why strength training is essential for tendon injuries
  • How to schedule strength consistently to avoid the boom/bust cycle

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My conversation with Jimmy can help you approach your strength training more efficiently and effectively. Enjoy!

Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank you MOBO Board!

Invented by renowned physical therapist Jay Dicharry, MOBO helps you stabilize your stance with an innovative rocker board that’s set up on two fins. The design effectively forces you to drive your big toe into the board to improve your stability. I was pretty arrogant going into my first session on the MOBO Board. How hard can it be to balance, right? Well, I was humbled pretty quickly!

Even if you’re a good runner, better balance, stability, and proprioception is going to help you have a more powerful stride and prevent more running injuries. You’ll learn how to improve the efficiency of the kinetic chain from your hip to your big toe. Because as Jay likes to say, it’s not just how strong you are, but how well you use that strength.

I was recently at a weekend physical therapy workshop (lol I was the only running coach) and learned how important (and rare) this simple movement is. Save 10% with code STRENGTHRUN10 at checkout at moboboard.com.

Thank You AG1!

We’re also supported by AG1, the greens superfood mix. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens. It’s recommended by professional athletes and has over 7,000 positive reviews.

One scoop per day is what I’ve been doing to help me fill in any nutrition gaps in my diet. It also provide a nice boost of energy and focus throughout the day. With all 3 of my kids in school, I know I need to support my immune system or else I’m getting sick and can’t train.

I also love that AG1 has changed over the last decade. They've made 53 improvements to the formula based on the latest research to make these nutrients more absorbable and rigorous with the 3rd party testing that they do.

For our listeners, they are offering a year's worth of free Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase. You can sign up for single shipment or for a monthly drop - the choice is yours. Check out AG1 to redeem your offer today.

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How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT

How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT