Injury Forces a New Direction : Strength Training for Sandy
If you missed my earlier post about conquering my fear of swimming, you can read about it here . In that post I wrote about getting in the pool because of an injury. I am happy to report that I’m still swimming and have been cleared to run — yay!
When I started hitting the pavement again, I added strength training to my schedule — and I LOVE IT. I am not a doctor and can’t offer medical advice, but I think I made a wise decision.
What the Media Says
From an article in Runner’s World:
“Strength training is a supplement to a runner’s roadwork because it strengthens muscles and joints, which can improve race times and decrease injury risk.”
And from a Time’s article:
“The average American flat-out loathes strength training. While about half of people do the recommended amount of aerobic activity each week, only 20% also do the muscle-strengthening moves that work major muscle groups. Yet the scientific benefits are stacking up in favor of it, from bone protection to disease prevention, and it appears to have special benefits for women.”
What I Think
I admit that I wasn’t initially a fan of strength training. (I may have even told Amy, my strength coach, that I didn’t like her.) I am now one of Amy’s biggest fans. She watches my form, modifies exercises because of limitations I have with my shoulders, adds exercises to strengthen my hip, and makes strength training fun. Amy pushes me to do things I never would do on my own. I am now able to deadlift my body weight, which is 50+ pounds more than I thought I was capable of lifting. She also likes to sneak a few surprises on me when I’m doing planks. I was actually excited when I saw max plank on the schedule one day— until I noticed a 25 pound plate leaning against the wall.
So far, I am injury free and feel amazing after adding strength training to my schedule. I would highly recommend that everyone find a gym and a coach to help them get started.
If you are interested in working out with me at Voyage Strength Studio in Nicholasville, KY, Amy is offering a free week of unlimited small group training through October 31st. Just let her know that you heard about her studio from Sandy with Skortaholics.
Have you had a recent injury?
What steps did you take to get through it?