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Becoming Strong

Do you have the strength to endure?

Why strength training will make you a better, stronger, and less injury prone runner.

Let’s face it, the last thing most trail and endurance runners want to do is take time away from their planned runs to sweat inside a gym, staring at a wall and doing the same boring exercises over and over. (Don’t worry, this program won’t have you in a gym either.)

In fact, it seems most trail/endurance runners don’t subscribe to a regular strength training plan.

If you understand the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” then a strength basic preventative strength program should make sense.

One session with a physical therapist or personal trainer will cost almost twice as much as this program.

Whether they haven’t seen results or the benefits from strength training or feel they just don’t have the time to commit to a regular program, you could say that a distance runner’s strength (or lack thereof) is their greatest “weakness”.




For the most part, endurance running and strength training use two different energy systems. However, that all changes when you are racing up steep rocky trails with varying terrain.

In order to get up those hills quickly and efficiently, you need strong anaerobic and quick recovery systems.

In order to navigate those rocky sections and steep downhill pitches you need superb balance, agility and a strong core.

By just doing basic strength training 3 days a week you will improve your running economy greatly.

If you are interested in running stronger, faster and preventing common trail/distance running injuries this year, check out our BECOMINGSTRONG program. Our program is developed by experienced coaches and trainers with years of coaching, training, testing, and developing programs for athletes of all levels.

The program is simple, easy to follow, and best of all will only take 20-30 minutes of your time just 2-3 days a week!  It’s not usually the what that keeps people from acting, it’s the how and when.  We take care of that for you!

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Program details: 

The program is 6 weeks long and includes:

  • An informational video describing program components and exercises step by step.
  • Program is based primarily in body weight exercises to improve muscular endurance, stability, agility, core strength and flexibility.
  • Workouts you can do anytime, anywhere.  No gym needed! We don’t want gym memberships or equipment to keep you from getting strong so they are included in the program either.  NOTE: If you prefer the gym experience we can modify the program to what you have access to.
  • Designed by exercise physiologists and professional trainers/endurance coaches

Because you found the Becoming Ultra Project, we are going to assume that’s exactly what you aim to do yourself so this is for the runner out there that is running regularly or wants to start and do it the right way.  It’s never too late to build a strong base for the mileage you will be putting in as you “Become Ultra” or take the next step in your running journey.  Oh, and the program costs less than most Half Marathon registrations out there!