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    Robby is offline Senior Member
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    Default RKC and running - question for runners / joggers

    I can tell you from experience that omitting all direct lower body training and focusing on runnig will result in a dramatic decrease in leg strength.

    If you follow a sound running plan, you will certainly be a better/faster runner, but as far as leg strength as measured in the squat, it will go down.

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    dkaler is offline Senior Member
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    Default That's kinda what I though

    I'm not really concerned with losing a little leg strength over the short term. I just don't want to experience a very appreciable amount of leg atrophy / lack of strength as compared to my upper body. In other words I'd like to keep upper body / lower body symmetry - translation - I don't want skinny legs and a developed upper body

    I was just thinking of trying it out for maybe a couple of months.

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    Default That's kinda what I though

    I do swings and snatches as well as one and two arm clean and presses which seem to hit my legs. I also run. I was doing pistols and front squats in the summer and found that the squating really did affect my running times. To make a long story short I have found that swings, snatches and cleans seem to actually help by keeping my back and my legs strong without adding bulk or affecting my speed and turnover while pistols and squats did not seem to combine well with distance running. I do feel a bit more fatigued on heavy strength days but without the true squats my running is going well. I do not believe in using light weights to avoid leg fatigue. Go heavy. Just follow the party rules about keeping the reps down and not going to failure and it seems to work. I do strength practice on MWF and harder runs on T TH and on the weekends. I am hoping to be back in the mid 16's for my 5k this spring.

    After a few months of no squats I tried a few pistols the other day and could still perform them nearly as well as when I was training them regularly. Was a bit sore the next day though.

    If you want good legs run hills and run them hard.

    Hope this is of use.

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    Default So, your'e MWF routine

    does not currently include squats or pistols, and you are also running afterward ? That's basically what I was looking at trying. Something like a MWF routine of swings, snatches, cleans, SPs etc., followed by running, and running only on 3 other days, taking one day a week off. So, just to clarify, you're not currently doing any training solely for legs in your MWF strength sessions (i.e. no pistols etc.) ? Thanks.

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    elarsen is offline Senior Member
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    Default So, your'e MWF routine

    No pistols or squats. I do interval work and tempo runs on non strength session days. MWF my runs are generally shorter or easier. Seems to be working out.

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