Sprinters have more muscles compared to marathoners, why? Read on to find out.
Most of us would categorize running as just one type of sport but did you know that there are different types of runners? You could be a sprinter or a marathoner, depending on what run that you usually do. Though they sound the same there are clear differences between these two running categories.
We stumbled on this cool video on Facebook from Valentin Bosioc that lets you in on why sprinters and marathoners are two different type of running style:
What are the differences?
Both are different sports
Sprinter: Uses explosive strength.
Marathoner: Focuses more on endurance.
Different muscle groups training
Sprinter: Trains more on their fast-twitch muscle fibers which gives them a quick burst of energy for a short period of time but they will be exhausted faster.
Marathoner: Targets their slow-twitch fibres more to provide them more energy to last for 42km.
Sprinters: They train their upper body to balance out with their lower body so putting on weight for them is inconsequential.
Marathoners: Benefit from being light so they have to drop excess muscle mass and fat so that their body can carry them throughout the 42km.
Here’s a screenshot on the average amount of muscle fibers that an average adult, sprinter and marathoner has.
Now that you know the differences, you can now choose the best training for your running style to get more out of your runs in the future.
Some links to aid in your running escapades:
Sprinter & Marathoner, both runners yet different athletes!