It is a known fact, especially in today’s world, that while most run for fun, some do not. The sport of running is their profession and at every stage, they try to excel and be better than their competitors. While the level of personal fitness counts to a great extent, the value of sport specific training cannot be undermined.
In fact, it is proper training that gives a competitive runner a special edge over others performing at the same game. Now that the area of competitive running has gained more significance than before, training is taking off from the traditional kind to the more practical and unconventional kind, because trainers now understand the importance of giving each athlete something in terms of training that will serve to heighten the level of performance during an actual event.
But conjecturing about the best ways to train an athlete will not help in any way. Such a course of training needs to be formulated that serve to improve overall fitness initially, consequently giving rise to greater potential to perform in any given athlete.
If observed properly, most runners are seen to be doing the wrong kind of training altogether. What is required to propel the body to achieve the best results during a real event is to train body parts in such a way, that they move to their fullest potential.
Thus during training replicating body movements suited for an actual performance is absolutely necessary. It is also to be noted that training can bring out the best from an athlete only when the program is created matching his specific needs. Most athletes are seen to be misguided by what they hear from colleagues or read in health magazines.
Creating a sole yardstick for everyone will not help as every individual has a different set of requirements. While most runners take to gymming at the very first instance, experts of the day are of the opinion that the former should focus on specific body part training initially and when perfection is achieved over this aspect they can proceed towards strength training.
An important thing that athletes do not consider to be so important is finding out what kind of training suits their respective body types the most. As a result, a majority of runners tend to fall back on common exercises to maintain fitness levels.
But in the process of following a common set of exercises, athletes lose more than they gain. For example, most runners think that squat exercises are perfect to gain knee-extension power. On the contrary, such common exercises are absolutely low on perfection where runners are concerned as the way they work their quadriceps muscles is much different from how non-runners use theirs.
In other words, an athlete running during an event suffers more strain than a common man going about his daily chores! The key to a great level of fitness and great performance is the utilization of all parts of the body required to run, in tandem with one another.