Hill Running – Functional Strength Training for Runners
The purpose of this video is to introduce you to one of my favourite workouts. This hill circuit is based loosely on Lydiards Hill training phase. The aim of the workout is to develop leg strength, power (power is how quickly you can deliver force, and is very important in most sports) and leg speed.
As I mention in the video, if you who are not familiar with the work of Arthur Lydiard, I would strongly recommend the book Healthy Intelligent Training by Keith Livingstone. Check out the below link.
Now one important point to note before you throw yourself into the circuit: This is not a workout for beginners. Don’t be fooled by how easy it looks. It’s a tough workout. You need to have built up a good aerobic base and have some mileage behind you before attempting it. You also need to be strong enough to deal with the uphilll plyometric component. Much of the plyometric literature would suggest being able to squat 1.5 to 2 times body weight before attempting plyometrics. So bare this in mind before doing this circuit or you will be at risk of injury.
If you meet the inclusion criteria, then you can do this circuit up to 2-3 days per week for 4 weeks to build the strength and power you need ready for that big race!
Check it out!