STRENGTH TRAINING DOES NOT IMPROVE ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE IN FEMALES
Braun, W. A., Flynn, M. G., Gerth, M., & Smith, K. (2000). The effect of strength training on endurance run performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(5), Supplement abstract 654.
The effects of a 3 x 10-week strength-training program on 5 km run performance in female athletes were investigated. A strength group (N = 8) and control group (N = 6) were formed.
It was found that strength training improved performances in the lower body exercises employed. Running economy improved at slow speeds for the strength group, but not at faster competition-related speeds. There were no significant differences between groups in 5-km run time or variables related to running performance (e.g., VO2max).
Implication. Strength training does not improve endurance running performance in females.
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