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Join us for FREE Strength Training for Runners classes to boost your running performance and mental health.

Mental Health Benefits

The mental health side of strength training is something that many people feel, but is not regularly articulated. It’s that feeling of accomplishment, of setting a realistic goal, working hard, and achieving it. When you’re focused on form and breathing, you are present in the moment. There are endorphins running through your body, and you know that you are doing something beneficial for yourself. It also teaches you about your own abilities, about how you can accomplish things you didn’t know were possible. It shows you how strong you are physically and mentally. It truly is a great tool for mental health.

Strength training is important for everyone, including runners.

It may not seem like an obvious component of running, but strength training can increase performance, reduce injury, increase bone density, and decreases the chance of developing disease like osteoporosis!

Did you know that when you run, you're not just working your legs, but you're working your core, hips, knees, and ankles as well. It’s estimated that when you run, your knees take the force of roughly 4-8 times your body weight with every step. You can protect all the joints and muscles involved with running by strengthening the musculature around these joints. That will help with stabilization and support, which can then help keep you running longer with less risk of injury. Also, a strong core helps protect and keep your spine stable, reducing energy waste, transferring power to the places that need it most.

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Free Virtual Strength Training with Push and Pull Training.

Start Training Today

As a way to get more folks to add strength training to their running regime, we've partnered up with Push and Pull Training to provide free, virtual strength training classes the second Wednesday of the month. The 45 minute class is open to all fitness level sand will be mostly body weight, requiring minimal equipment: light dumbbells or kettlebells, minibands, and resistance bands. If you don’t have any equipment, no worries, all exercises will have bodyweight options as well.

We’re going to work on strength, mobility, and function with a focus on form. Whether you have been lifting for years or are just starting out, we want to help you get stronger and have fun doing it! Everything will be timed, so all you have to focus on is form and effort. After class, feel free to ask any questions you might have! Please let us know of any injuries before the workout.

Grab a towel, a water bottle, your laptop or device, and let’s get our sweat on!

  • Multiple Dates
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    Feb 08, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
    Boost your running performance and mental health with free, virtual, monthly strength training classes from Push Pull Training.
  • Multiple Dates
    Learn more
    Mar 08, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
    Boost your running performance and mental health with free, virtual, monthly strength training classes from Push Pull Training.
  • Multiple Dates
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    Apr 12, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
    Boost your running performance and mental health with free, virtual, monthly strength training classes from Push Pull Training.
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Taylor Pulling

Taylor is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Functional Training Specialist, and soon to be Nutrition Specialist. After a car accident that resulted in a spinal injury, he was told that he would be unable to lift again and have to live in constant pain with injections being his only form of relief. As a former athlete with an active lifestyle, the news was devastating.

After speaking with his physical therapist, he was given hope that he could not only lift again, but live without the constant pain that interfered with his daily life. During physical therapy, he developed a new kind of passion for fitness and exercise. He experienced the benefits both physically and mentally on a different level than ever before. He started training harder and pushing himself more, and realized he wanted to share his new knowledge and passion with others.


Toni Bray

Toni is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Alliance RYT 200, and Nutrition Specialist. Her focus is on the mind-body connection and the mental health aspect of physical fitness. As someone who lives with CPTSD and struggled with an eating disorder for over 7 years, fitness has changed her life.

Her incessant weighing and obsession with the scales, resulting in a decline in physical and mental health, transformed into a love of exercise, health, and self. She started pushing herself and the stronger she became physically, the more resilient and empowered she felt, thus her fitness career began.

After working in the fitness industry for a few years, she realized the negative focus on weight loss, competitive dieting, and overtraining, and decided to step away from that environment. She started working with her partner, Taylor Pulling, to help people through proper movement

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