Four Key Kettlebell Exercises For Runners

  • By Jeremey DuVall, M.S., CPT
  • Published Jun. 18, 2013
Kettlebell workouts build both strength and range of motion, which are important for all runners.

Find out how this popular piece of equipment can make you a better runner.

Walk into any gym and amongst the grunts and clanks of dumbbells and barbells, you’re bound to see someone in the corner swinging around a metal ball. Kettlebells have exploded in popularity across the world leading fitness enthusiasts to swing, clean, press, and lift the bell in different ways for a unique combination of cardio and strength.

Although they can be used for traditional exercises like squats and deadlifts, kettlebells often provide a different dimension to many workout programs. Their unique shape and size forces lifters to produce large amounts of force and control the weight through a large range of motion, building both strength and coordination.

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Kettlebells can offer an awesome workout for nearly anyone, but there are certain benefits to runners. Here are a few kettlebell exercises that have a direct carryover to runners for both improving performance and preventing injury.

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