Want to take your running game to the next level? Strength training a few days a week will do the trick, says STRIDE’s Steve Stonehouse. Here, fitness pros share their fave strength training for runners exercises to help you boost muscles, improve your stride, and prevent injury.
When you’re running, you’re balancing on one foot at a time — so doing single-leg training is a must, says Stonehouse. Three sets of 10 per side helps you build balance and coordination while boosting strength. His tip? Prioritize balance over depth.
A strong core is key for maintaining good running form and preventing injury, says Stonehouse. Planks build total core strength: Hold for three sets of 15 to 60 seconds, and add shoulder taps for an extra burn. Bonus? Planks also work your back and arm muscles.