Check out this ultimate exercise workout routine for runners to improve strength, endurance, power and reduce the risk of injury.
Disclaimer: Before beginning any new workout routine consult your physician first. Participate at your own risk.
Running is an excellent form of cardio and way to burn excess fat. To improve running performance runners should consider including strength training. I completely understand you may not want to spend endless hours in the gym and with this routine you don’t have to.
Strength training will further develop the muscles in the legs and core to help you sprint across the finish line, power up that disrespectful hill and support your body throughout the duration of the run. It will also strengthen those muscles most used during running to reduce chances of injury.
Check out this Strength Training For Runners Guide to learn additional benefits.
This runner’s workout routine focuses on two key areas, the legs for obvious reasons and the core. Running typically targets the quads or thigh muscle. To get up hills and inclines it’s very important to strengthen the muscles in the posterior chain such as the hamstrings, calves and glutes.
This workout routine also focuses on the core, because runners need strength to support their body throughout the duration of the run.
If you are a beginner then perform this workout routine once. If you are at an intermediate fitness level then perform a total of 2 circuits and advanced complete 3 circuits.
Dumbbells 70% to 75% of your 1 rep max for Circuit 1
Exercise or yoga mat
Towel to wipe off the sweat
Water to sip on to stay hydrated during the workout
The Ultimate Runner’s Strength Training Workout
Perform this workout two times a week and I’m certain you will see improvements in your pace, sprints, endurance and ability to climb hills.
Definitely use this workout routine if you are preparing for your next race such as a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon. Your body will thank you as you mile after mile and when you cross the finish line.