The Four Best Strength Training Exercises For Runners

  • By Linzay Logan
  • Published Jan. 6, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM UTC
Once you have your balance on two feet, lift one leg up and back to start a single-leg squat.

Single-Leg Squats

Balancing on one foot and squat down, bending at the knee and sitting your hips back as if you are going to sit in a chair behind you. Once down to about a 90 to 115 degree angle in your knee, extend your leg back up to standing. If this is too challenging allow the toes of your hovering foot to lightly rest on the ground. Complete eight to 12 repetition then switch to the other leg.

Running is basically hopping from foot to foot for miles and miles so it is important to build solid balance in your pelvis so you don’t have to balance yourself every time you take a step when running, explains Martinez. “Make sure your form is perfect with a regular two-leg squat and then move onto the single leg squat that requires you to stabilize your pelvis,” he said. When your pelvis is stabilized, your entire body, gait and stride become more stable, too. “This can help a lot with people with foot pronation,” Martinez said.

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Linzay Logan

Linzay Logan

Linzay Logan is a contributing editor to Competitor magazine.

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