Strength And Conditioning For Ultra Runners: Part One

Written By Harvey Lawton

Founder of The Movement Blueprint, Harvey is an experienced and well-respected strength coach, specialising in training and corrective exercise for those with endurance goals and those who want to 'move better'.

19 July 2020

2 Comments

  1. Mike James

    I am a novice to ‘pure’ Ultra running but an experienced Orienteer and Mountain Marathon (2 Day) runner with a couple of marathons completed (not so keen on the road runner and just following people – like the navigational challenge) A few Olympic length triathlons a few years back – rubbish swimmer!

    I have downloaded the Novice plan with a view towards a three day mountain trail event in May.

    I’m happy with all the thermology and have access to a static bike. My question is about the S & C workouts, when and how much at each four week stage? I also do one Pilates session on a Monday after the bigger weekend efforts.

    Many thanks for your help.

    Reply
    • Jamie Sparks

      Hi Mike, Thanks for your comment. The suggested circuit patterns are listed towards the end of the training plan document. I hope that is helpful. If not please feel free to drop us an email at contact@ultra-x.co and we will assist!
      Good luck in May!

      Reply

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Harvey Lawton is a strength and conditioning coach specialising in training for endurance athletes and is the founder of The Movement Blueprint, an established online training platform offering solutions to improve your performance from every angle.

Harvey has put together a series of four workouts, which we will be sharing over the next four weeks. The workouts are for runners looking to get back into the gym and find a bit of direction with their training once gym doors fully open. These sessions have been designed to build a strong base to your running, helping to bulletproof your body against injury, and have you running stronger than ever.

Each week, Harvey will be progressing the session slightly, hoping that you will progress too. He has also made videos to correspond with each exercise, so if you’re unsure, give the videos a watch.

Workout 1

In this first session we will target simple but effective core stability and single limb strength movements. These will build the foundation of the four-week series, serving as a re-introduction to strength training. Throughout the workout, maintain control and ensure movement patterns are solid before adding load.

    2 Comments

    1. Mike James

      I am a novice to ‘pure’ Ultra running but an experienced Orienteer and Mountain Marathon (2 Day) runner with a couple of marathons completed (not so keen on the road runner and just following people – like the navigational challenge) A few Olympic length triathlons a few years back – rubbish swimmer!

      I have downloaded the Novice plan with a view towards a three day mountain trail event in May.

      I’m happy with all the thermology and have access to a static bike. My question is about the S & C workouts, when and how much at each four week stage? I also do one Pilates session on a Monday after the bigger weekend efforts.

      Many thanks for your help.

      Reply
      • Jamie Sparks

        Hi Mike, Thanks for your comment. The suggested circuit patterns are listed towards the end of the training plan document. I hope that is helpful. If not please feel free to drop us an email at contact@ultra-x.co and we will assist!
        Good luck in May!

        Reply

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