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Hitting the trails? Try building strength first. Resistance training can strengthen the body while improving overall fitness and fighting muscle fatigue, helping you log more weight on the bar and faster times on the track. Functional training using kettlebells and free weights are especially effective at taking performance from the weight room to the road.

The Takeaway: Strength train at least twice per week to see big running gains.

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No gym? No problem! Learn how to build strength and endurance with only your bodyweight.