I am currently training an ultra-marathoner who runs more than 50k per week. Her main goal is to build strength and gain muscle definition. Nutrition plays a massive role, obviously, and I’m wondering if any of you have had success with this type of situation? Cutting back on the distance running is not an option. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I HAVE TRAINED RUNNERS FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON. I HAVE HAD SUCCESS. IN MOST CASES ( SINCE RUNNERS CONTINUE THEIR RUNNING WHILE YOU TRAIN THEM) I DO NOT UTLIZE WEIGHT ON THEIR LEGS. UNLESS, THEY NEED A SPECIFIC MUSCLE STRENGTHENED. I FOUCUS ON THEIR CORE AND UPPER BODY STRENGTH. THIS ALONE CAN IMPROVE THEIR ENDURANCE. THEY INCORPORATE THIS INTO THEIR RUNNING. I THINK TO UTLIZE WEIGHT ON THE LEGS CAN CONDITION MUSCLE FIBER THAT WOULD NOT BENEFIT THEM. I KNOW TO ADD STRENGTH TO CORE AND UPPER BODY WILL MAKE HER RUNNING ERGONOMICALLY CORRECT WHICH WILL GIVE HER MORE ENDURANCE. I USE THE WORD STRENGTH INSTEAD OF DEFINITION BUT, I MEAN THE SAME THING. IF SHE WANTS MORE DEFINITION IN HER LEGS, BE HONEST AND TELL HER IT MAY NOT DO GOOD FOR HER RUNNING. HOW YOU ASS DEFINITION TO HER UPPER BODY AND CORE MUSCLES IS YOUR CHOICE. GOOD LUCK. BRIAN ROZZI.