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Strength training improves running performance for beginners and improvers. Adding in a couple of strength sessions to your running schedules up to three times a week, is the best way to prevent injury and boost your race performance.
Your structural fitness as a runner will increase with runner-specific strength exercises. This means your bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles will cope better with the impact of running. Some heavy resistance exercises will also give you a much-needed boost to sprint finish the end of a race.
This week’s strength class for ‘Team ExeterGCC’ to prep for Exeter’s Great West Run targeted the full body, starting with a warm-up on the Cross Trainer followed by a 500 metre row.
20 MIN strength TRAINING FOR runners
3 reps – 30 seconds of exercise A + 30 seconds of exercise B
A) Kettlebell swing + B) Upright row
A) High knee running + B) Star jumps
A) Thruster squats + B) Shoulder press
REST 1 MIN
AMRAP: 5 minutes
(‘As Many Reps As Possible)
10 x press ups
10 x burpees
10 x squat thrusts
10 x sit ups
REST 1 MIN
30 seconds each exercise
Double leg raise
A DAILY QUICKIE
5 minutes a day – morning or night…you can even squeeze these in whilst watching TV.
Single Leg Squats – 10 on each side
Glute Bridges – 15 x 3
Calf raises – 15 x 3
Side Plank on each side for 30 seconds x 3
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