While running is an awesome exercise in and of itself, strength training is also an important part of becoming a better runner. Incorporating exercises that work your hamstrings, glutes and core can help you hit new distance and speed PR’s while also preventing injury.
Many runners are hamstring dominant, which can lead to unbalance and an improper running form. The deadlift uses a hip hinge that is important in running to strengthen and help you learn to engage your glutes.
How-To: With dumbbells in hand and feet shoulder-width apart, hinge at the hips, keeping a slight bend in your knees as you lower the dumbbells along your shins. Go as far as possible while still maintaining a flat back and then squeeze your glutes to come back up.
Summer is a great time to mix up your workout routine and try out fun activities like paddleboarding that also happen to be a great workout! While its always fun to try something new, we admit that it can be a little intimidating. Follow these tips to help you gain confidence as you take on new adventurous summer sports.
Couch to 5K is one of the most popular running apps – and its for good reason! If you’re looking to start running, or just haven’t run in a while, Couch to 5K can help you run a 5K in only eight weeks. The app provides running and walking intervals that progress in difficulty until you’re able to run 5K – or 30 minutes – without stopping to walk.