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RUNNING DOESN’T SUCK by Max Shank
Here’s what you need to know…
• The anti-running movement has gone too far when it says that running is stupid or that it will eat up all of your muscle.
• The weight-lifter-who-moves-like-garbage and bashes running is becoming a tiresome cliché.
• Short distances like 10-40 meters, 40 to 100 meters, and 100 to 800 meters, in addition to hill sprints and shuttle runs, all have varying benefits ranging from increases in GH and Testosterone to increases in leg strength, coordination, and bone and soft tissue integrity.
• If the endurance nutballs would start doing repeats of 400-800 meters at high effort, they might forget what a thruster is.
Now I’m all for the execution of “jogging” in general, but to make a blanket statement that all running is worthless is extreme. Running sucks? Really? Seriously? Humans are literally built for running. As far as the hierarchy of things you need to do for survival, running is right smack dab at the top of the list, next to keeping your heart beating at all times. Frankly, the weight-lifter-who-moves-like-garbage and bashes running is becoming a tiresome cliché.
Running offers several benefits including, but not limited to:
• Increase in growth hormone and Testosterone production
• Increase in leg strength
• Increase in coordination
• Increase in bone and soft tissue integrity
• Prevention of injuries
Now when I advocate that you run, it’s not for 26 miles, but for varying distances up to 800 meters at a time. Here’s a short list of the different modalities I use and their benefits:
Super Short (10-40m)
This distance is used primarily for increases in leg strength and power and hormone production. Repeat up to 10 times with full recovery in-between, twice per week.
This distance is an extension of super short distance, which can be used for repeats (conditioning) or for building leg strength-endurance. Repeat up to 8 times with near full recovery.
This distance is an anaerobic nightmare. It’ll challenge your mental toughness, your legs, and your guts to not spill out of you. If half of the endurance nutballs would start doing repeats of 400-800m at high effort, they might forget what a thruster is. It has similar benefits to the shorter distances listed above but it emphasizes conditioning and anaerobic endurance over power and strength. Repeating this distance 4 to 6 times is probably plenty for most of us.
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