5 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners
While strength training is often disregarded in many training blocks, its the backbone of a consistent, enduring and successful running program. Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only help you prevent injury, but it will also help you to perform faster.
Here are our top 5 strengthening exercises all runners should do.
An essential for all runners, squats are a great way to work your glutes, quads and hamstrings.
Or squat jumps, whatever works for you on that front. Jump squats help you develop your explosive power.
Scott Herman Fitness does a great tutorial on this. Make sure you include it in your strengthening program.
Lunges are incredibly useful in strengthening your legs and buttocks. Unlike squat's, they are great at evening out muscle imbalances.
Greatist gives a great run-through of the dos and don'ts of lunges here.
Pistol squats can be tough, but they are brilliant to develop single-leg strength, balance and to improve the overall mechanics of the body.
One-legged heel raises
A simple exercise, but extremely important to strengthen the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, both of which are crucial in running and jumping.
You can find an instructional video for one-legged heel raises here.
The sooner you start, the stronger you'll become.