We all know that strength training is complimentary to running. But if you’ve ever been injured and found yourself in physical therapy, what you may have discovered is that strength training isn’t just complimentary to running it is ESSENTIAL to avoiding injury and running strong.
Increases in overall volume and intensity can bring to light structural weaknesses and imbalances, possibly sidelining a runner with injury. Taking time during the week to address major areas of weakness (core, hips and glutes) can prevent injury in the long run.
30 Minute Strength
This quick guide will help you put together a solid strength workout. Don’t have 30 minutes? Modify the number or exercises, sets and reps to fit it into your schedule. These are best performed 2-3 times a week after a run.
Familiarize yourself with each move Choose three exercises from each column. For Example:
Lower Body: pendulum lunge, single leg deadlift, body weight squat
Core: bridge, side plank w/ leg raise, bird dog
Upper Body: Kettlebell row, reverse fly, push up
Create your workout
Now group them into sets of three, with one exercises from each column:
single leg deadlift
side plank w/ leg raise
body weight squat
Perform each exercise, as many reps as you can for one minute each. Repeat each set three times before moving to the next set. For a higher intensity workout, don’t include any rest between exercises or sets.
Do this workout twice a week before or after an easy run.
Have you ever been injured? Did it change the way you looked at strength training? What are your go-to strength training moves?
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