Strength Training for Runners

Strength Training for Runners:

When it comes to running, the impact on your body is immense, as you repeatedly hit the ground hundreds or even thousands of times during a run. That's why building the necessary strength to cope with this impact is crucial. For my athletes, and indeed for runners in general, I place a strong emphasis on single leg strength. It's a fundamental focus that extends to various sports. Developing well-rounded fitness and strength is vital, even for the seemingly straightforward act of running.


My Strength Training Regimen:

As a coach and a new dad, my strength training regimen has evolved to accommodate my changing lifestyle. Currently, I aim to strike a balance between my running and strength training by dedicating at least two days a week to strength building. Of course, this frequency may vary depending on factors like race schedules and training phases. As I approach a race, I adjust my training to reduce the strength training volume and...

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Trail Running 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hitting the Trails

Trail Running 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hitting the Trails


Trail running is a great way to get outside of the traditional fitness box and experience what nature has to offer while getting into great aerobic shape. However, if you're new to trail running or running in general, it can be intimidating to know where to start. In this blog, we'll share tips and advice for beginners who want to start trail running and make the most of their first few runs.


  1. Start Slow and Steady

The key to successful trail running is to start slow and gradually build your endurance and skill level. Begin with short, easy runs on flat terrain, and gradually increase your distance and intensity over time. Don't push yourself too hard too soon, as this can lead to injury and burnout. Remember, trail running is about enjoying the journey and not just reaching the finish line.


  1. Invest in Proper Gear

Having the right gear can make all the difference when it comes to trail running. Invest...

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Seven Thoughts on Running an Ultramarathon

 Written By, Coach Giordan Moloian


Roughly three years ago, I unearthed a pair of road shoes from my closet and went for a four mile run out at Whiting Ranch. It had been quite some time since I had plodded along hot pavement with my high school cross country team. It was in the low nineties; the cotton clothing I had on quickly became soaked and heavy. My left calf started going numb halfway in, and my right hip stopped doing its job the last quarter-mile. A few days later, I was back with a new pair of (heavy) trail shoes. 

 Trail running has done a lot for me. It’s taken me up and down just about every trail in Orange County, as well as several mountains. It’s built an awesome friendship with an extremely talented Spartan Racer. It’s brought me to Fitness on Fire and this amazing community. It’s provided me space and silence for important reflection. It’s also beaten me into the ground on several occasions, reminding me to stay...

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