A combination of heavy weight training and plyometrics can be helpful. The heavy weight lifting improves the strength component of power and plyometrics can improves an athlete’s speed component.
The result may be achieving stronger muscles quicker which can translate into better running economy.
Power from this kind of training can be very beneficial in relatively short distances, such as a 3K or a 5K. It’s unknown whether this will be beneficial for the longer runs, such as a marathon.
It can, however, be very beneficial to the runner who has maximized the running volume and intensity. Also, for the runner who cannot handle the physical stress of running more miles power training and plyometrics can be used as the next step in their training program to boost performance.
Dr. Ernesto Luciano-Perez is a Hampton Roads physician who specializes in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery and General Orthopaedics. He received his board certification in 1993 from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Luciano-Perez’s affiliations and memberships include Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Medical Association, Virginia Orthopaedic Society and Southern Orthopaedic Association.