Alberto Salazar has been training Mo Forah since 2011. Alberto was the mastermind behind Mo Farah Olympic double of 5000 and 10,000 m at London 2012. Anyone who watched the two races must have noticed the incredible strength and energy Mo exhibited in the final lap.
In an interview with daily mail newspaper of UK. Alberto said the secret to turning Mo Farah from an average runner was working on building his strength.
Salazar said: ‘When Mo came to me 18 months ago, he was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no upper body. At the end of races, he would tire and his head would bob around and his arms would flail.
‘He was the weakest athlete I’d ever trained — in terms of core strength and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a 90lb weakling.
‘The No 1 thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym.’
Gym Training For Long Distance Running.
If you are going to incorporate gym work into your running routine you need to focus on gym workouts that directly engage the muscles used by runners when running. Some good gym exercises for runners are squats, calf raises for legs, Pillate, swiss ball exercises to help your core. Working on these muscles will not only help the runner to improve his physical strength but will also help to prevent injuries.