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4/8/13 8:40 P

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that was my guess, but thanks for the info. ;-)

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4/7/13 10:58 P

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Hand held "cap" weights are most often referred to as dumb bells. You would hold one in one hand, or one in each hand, while doing certain exercises.

Free weights are the weight plates attached to bars for weight lifting, also called bar bells.

You may see the terms interchanged which can be a bit confusing.

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4/7/13 8:16 P

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what is the difference between free weights and dumbbells?

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Are you asking about strength training, or training with free weights?

Strength training for running may incorporate dumbbells, but, likely not free weights. Running requires core strength, and you might do some work on upper body and legs.

My strength training includes TRX, resistance with/without dumbbells or on the machines, and a variety of cardio workouts, alternating with swimming and cycling. The strength training helps with the swimming and cycling, as well as with running. I train with a heart rate monitor, as well.

Whether training for a 5K or a marathon, strength training can be beneficial. In addition to strength, you need flexibility. So, that said, you should have an all-around training program, especially needed if you're looking at distances longer than 10K.

Best bet: hook up with a personal trainer at your gym, or with a program you can join that puts the focus on runners.

Hope this helps.

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I'm nowhere near training for a marathon, but I think weight training would be a good idea, even if it's just light weights for toning. I know I've read that those weights you can wrap around your ankles and stuff can throw your gait off and mess up your form, so they might not be a good idea; the impression I've gotten is that you can hurt yourself with these even if they aren't very heavy.

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12/21/12 11:50 P

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I have been doing circuit training on my running and non-running days: it gets my heart rate up and I always feel stronger and lighter on my feet when I run after doing my leg circuit (non-running days are my upper-body circuit). Just make sure that you are alternating days-- allow your legs to rest and recover at least every other day.

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First, let me cover the basics, before starting any fitness program you should always consult with your primary health care provider.

That said, weight training can be an excellent way to improve strength. Check with a running coach, or check out articles on best weights for runners. If you are working core or upper body, these may provide great cross training routines for days you do not run.

Let me know what you decide.

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Hi,i am wandering if we should add weights training to prepare for marathon,if so how do we go about doing it?

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