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Strength training, it seems, is a subject similar to religion or politics: You need to be careful what you say and to whom you say it.
Gabriel Mirkin, MD, once wrote in The Runner magazine, "There is no proof that (lifting) will in any way improve your times." This caused a reader from New Jersey to reply: "Dr. Mirkin may be correct for runners blessed with a fair amount of upper-body strength," he wrote. "But I had very little strength to begin with and have found (after 6 months of Nautilus training) that I can now run any race without the extreme fatigue I formerly felt in my shoulders and arms."
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It's a good point, but it proves only that strength training benefited that particular runner. It may not benefit all of us, but we could all use a lesson refresher in weight room techniques.
Whether you're training for a race or just trying to improve your mile time, dipping into at least two days of strength training a week can help with all-around fitness. Here's what you need to know: