Strength training for runners

Today's topic is strength training for runners 

Building a strong body is key, over the years I have realised the benefits of strength training and how a little goes a long way when it comes to strengthening the way we move for injury prevention and performance.

The soleus muscle (just below the calf) can take up 8 x bodyweight on a single leg when running through the gait cycle!

In my opinion I like to keep strength training simple and focus on single leg exercises that challenge the body with balance as well as build strength.

See below a single leg exercise routine that you can add to your current training plan 2-3 times per week -

 

1. Single leg calf raise (off step to increase range of motion)

2. Single leg hip thrusts

3. Hip hikes

4. One leg deadlift

5. Sideward leg raise

 

You can start with 2 sets of 10 and build up to 3 sets of 12 both sides as examples. 

Comment below to let me know your favourite strength exercises! 

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