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    Running with weights

    I had seen on tv the practice of the Iron Man race participants. One contestant had weights on his waist and was holding a dumbbell on each hand while doing the run. Even if the pace is just like fast jogging, I know that the weights would have a strong effect on the body particularly for the muscles. But does that method improve the stamina or the weights make the runner become slower?

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    Re: Running with weights

    I used to train with ankle weights quite a bit when I was playing basketball in high school, and I would go for a hike in the woods, and also run and jump while wearing them also. I really enjoyed my ankle weights workout and they made me jump higher and this really helped me out, so yes they do increase athletic performance. You do burn slightly more calories as well when you wear them- so yes, wearing ankle weights can really help you build muscle and strength as well.




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    Re: Running with weights

    I think that it's more like helping one to improve on one's athletic abilities. Those weights serves like impediments to the person wearing them but as you get used to doing the runs and jump with the added weight, once it's removed, you will improve twice as much from doing the runs and jump without the weight. Take for instance, you can jump 7 feet high up the ground with the weight attached to your body, but without the weight, you can be able to jump 10 feet high.




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    Re: Running with weights

    I am sure the runner becomes slower with weights on. I do not see any reason why it will help you to improve stamina as all it does is add the extra weight. If I am jogging with, let's say an additional 20Kg on me, I might stop after two minutes or so. It is tough.




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    Re: Running with weights

    Quote Originally Posted by NoviceNinja View Post
    I am sure the runner becomes slower with weights on. I do not see any reason why it will help you to improve stamina as all it does is add the extra weight. If I am jogging with, let's say an additional 20Kg on me, I might stop after two minutes or so. It is tough.
    You are absolutely correct with that assertion on running being slower with weights tied to the legs and arms. In fact, it gets more difficult and painful moving with the weights but it's definitely going to make you get stronger with strong legs.




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    Running with weights

    I believe that it does increase stamina over time especially when you are not carrying the load. Additionally any time we push our muscles beyond what they are used to carrying they grow. In the military the typical soldier will carry and train with a ruck sac that weighs appx. 60 lbs unless they are part of an extended patrol then that weight could double. At first many soldiers will struggle with the added weight but over time as they train with it it becomes easier. Increased muscle mass and stamina? I would say thatís a good bet.




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    Re: Running with weights

    Quote Originally Posted by Push50 View Post
    I believe that it does increase stamina over time especially when you are not carrying the load. Additionally any time we push our muscles beyond what they are used to carrying they grow. In the military the typical soldier will carry and train with a ruck sac that weighs appx. 60 lbs unless they are part of an extended patrol then that weight could double. At first many soldiers will struggle with the added weight but over time as they train with it it becomes easier. Increased muscle mass and stamina? I would say thatís a good bet.
    Exactly, and it helps improves one's agility as well. I normally get my little cousin to lay on my back when I'm doing press up. It is just like running with weights attached to your legs and arms.




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    Re: Running with weights

    Quote Originally Posted by Heatman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Push50 View Post
    I believe that it does increase stamina over time especially when you are not carrying the load. Additionally any time we push our muscles beyond what they are used to carrying they grow. In the military the typical soldier will carry and train with a ruck sac that weighs appx. 60 lbs unless they are part of an extended patrol then that weight could double. At first many soldiers will struggle with the added weight but over time as they train with it it becomes easier. Increased muscle mass and stamina? I would say thatís a good bet.
    Exactly, and it helps improves one's agility as well. I normally get my little cousin to lay on my back when I'm doing press up. It is just like running with weights attached to your legs and arms.
    I now understand, and it somehow makes sense. However, how can one increase his stamina just by adding extra weights on? If I think about it, it's like getting used to the added weight, then when you do it without the weights, it becomes much easier. Is that how it is?




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    Re: Running with weights

    Quote Originally Posted by NoviceNinja View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Heatman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Push50 View Post
    I believe that it does increase stamina over time especially when you are not carrying the load. Additionally any time we push our muscles beyond what they are used to carrying they grow. In the military the typical soldier will carry and train with a ruck sac that weighs appx. 60 lbs unless they are part of an extended patrol then that weight could double. At first many soldiers will struggle with the added weight but over time as they train with it it becomes easier. Increased muscle mass and stamina? I would say thatís a good bet.
    Exactly, and it helps improves one's agility as well. I normally get my little cousin to lay on my back when I'm doing press up. It is just like running with weights attached to your legs and arms.
    I now understand, and it somehow makes sense. However, how can one increase his stamina just by adding extra weights on? If I think about it, it's like getting used to the added weight, then when you do it without the weights, it becomes much easier. Is that how it is?
    Yes, it's something like that. When you do the drills easier with the added weight, when you are faced with a drill which requires lesser energy to pull off, it's going to be an easy task for you to carry out. It's just like increasing your weight lifting, the more you increase the weight size you lift, going back the less size weight will be a very easy task for you to do.






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