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.
Getting airborne and trying an aerial fitness class is fun – but it’s also a serious workout! Here’s our complete guide to getting airborne.
Types of Aerial Workouts
Aerial Yoga – Perhaps the most well-known aerial workout, aerial yoga incorporates principles of yoga like breathing and meditation while you perform a variety of moves supported by the hammock.
Aerial Barre – Aerial barre is like a typical barre class – only without the barre. You can expect plenty of core and leg burning moves, just using the hammock instead of a barre for support. Because the hammock can support you in different ways and move with you, you can get a greater range of motion than you would in a traditional barre workout.