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    How strong is strong enough

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    How strong is strong enough?

    There are different body types and a wide spectrum of opinions out there...so what do you say is the minimum amount of strength that should be attained? I have a skinny runner type body so hi strength is way out there for me but there must be a "best bang for the buck" efficiency for training time vs strength.

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    That depends on who you are trying to impress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    That depends on who you are trying to impress.
    Only the hairy vegan girls so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockrunner View Post
    Only the hairy vegan girls so far!
    Perhaps you are only trying to impress yourself, which means your motivation is intrinsic.

    I always see these threads where the guys are talking about everybody needing to blast themselves for 30 or 45 or even 60 minutes multiple times a week. I do low volume and I rest between sets. I get what I need out of it, without risking injury.

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    Only you can really answer that question. Completely subjective with regards to your goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Perhaps you are only trying to impress yourself, which means your motivation is intrinsic.
    That sounds right, I have to make myself weight train because its suppose to be good for you but I don't obviously see the benefits...they are kinda hidden. Endurance exercising I see the benefits easily so its hard to swap out one for other to me. I'm just trying to find the right amount of strength training to add in.

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    You should add in some basic strength building stuff like squats and deadlifts and some explosive stuff like power cleans or whatever. You'll feel a lot more bouncy and fast and the actual effort of running will start to feel easier than it used to. You'll also need to do far less running to be a decent runner. You'll be able to accomplish in 30 minutes a few times a week what it takes you hours to accomplish running all the time.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockrunner View Post
    That sounds right, I have to make myself weight train because its suppose to be good for you but I don't obviously see the benefits...they are kinda hidden. Endurance exercising I see the benefits easily so its hard to swap out one for other to me. I'm just trying to find the right amount of strength training to add in.
    I guess your an endurance athlete or something then? You could practice HIT 1-2x/week and be all set. Check out Body by Science.

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    Bodyweight excersises are the best way to acheive strength levels that are proportional to your build. EG the pull-up is a very effective strength excersise. 'Bar' training is getting really popular nowadays

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    Oh, I just read on your other thread the things you do. In all frankness I wouldn't worry about hitting the gym for extra strength work (unless you like it.... as I do) in the least if you are rock climbing, paddling, chopping wood... ect. day in and day out.

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