Want to up your running game? The secret isn’t just to run more. It’s time to hit the gym and unlock your hidden potential — and that elusive PB.
More Than Cardio
If you’re an avid runner, chances are you’re not a huge fan of the gym and, in particular, anything to do with weights, machines or strength training in general. Sounds familiar? Then you could be missing out. “The cardiovascular benefits of running are well known; however, running is a high-impact sport with repetitive motion. Strength training is important to help you build a stronger, injury-resistant body,” says Raeesa Solwa Mehtar, a biokineticist, running coach and Next Fitness Star top ten finalist. “The stronger you get, the more resilient your body will become to the demands of running. Strength training will also help you run faster and more efficiently.”
The Better Runner Strength Workout
This workout, developed by Raeesa, is designed to strengthen your core and lower body — essential for running. Strong legs will be resilient enough to withstand the demands of a long, hard run and have the stamina to carry you to the end. A strong core will keep you stable and supported, especially as your legs become fatigued, so you don’t fall victim to bad posture or imbalances.
Watch Raeesa perform the moves:
— Ball Hip Lifts x 15
— Single-Leg Ball Hip Lifts x 10 each leg
— Ball Plank x 30-45 seconds
— Knee Tuck with Push-up x 10
— Single-Leg Ball Lunge x 10 each side
— Renegade Rows x 10 each side
— Walking Lunges x 20 steps
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