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Strength exercises are important to create good running form, avoid injury, and become a more balanced runner. Here's a primer on strength training for runners, including five sets of exercise videos to show you how to do them.
Why Do Strength Training?While runners often work mainly on their aerobic, or cardio, fitness, strength training (also called resistance training) is an important training tool.
When to do Strength Training?To obtain the best results, perform strength exercises regularly, for instance, two or three times a week. Do your exercises on lighter training days or on rest days.
It's best to build strength in the earlier phases of your training plan and ease up on exercising as your endurance training increases. Short and middle distance runners can maintain strength training right through. Build a training plan.
What to Focus on?As a runner you will of course want to work on your leg strength, but it's also important to develop your core muscles (chest, shoulders and back) and pelvic muscles. Training your foot and lower leg muscles (shins, calves and plantar muscles) helps to improve your push-off strength and also reduces the chance of injuries.
How to Do it?When you start doing strength exercises, pay close attention that you're performing the exercises correctly. Some tips for effective strength exercising:
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