5 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

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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.

 

Squats

An essential for all runners, squats are a great way to work your glutes, quads and hamstrings. 

Click here for a video on how to squat by Bowflex.

person squatting during daytime

 

Jump squats

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

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.

woman stretching her legs on top of the wall

 

Pistol squats

Pistol squats can be tough, but they are brilliant to develop single-leg strength, balance and to improve the overall mechanics of the body. 

Check out the instructional video here by the TappBrothers

 

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.

 

Conclusion

The sooner you start, the stronger you'll become.


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