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Hip Strengthening and Mobility Exercises for Runners

The weak link in many runners is their hips. Most likely your hip flexors are tight, and your glutes and the smaller stabilizing muscles are weak. This often leads to Patellofemoral pain syndrome, more commonly known as "runners knee," Iliotibial band syndrome and tight lower backs. How does this happen?

Joshua Metzger
Clamshells and side steps are really great for your hips and glutes

10 Running-Specific Strength Training Exercises

Although strength training is excluded from many runners' training programs or treated as occasional cross-training to be carried out on non-running days, it is the backbone of great endurance training. When race preparation is periodized to include phases of general strengthening, such as running-specific strengthening, hill training and explosive work, running fitness can be maximized.

Calf Stretch

Calf Stretch

One or two-legged calf stretches are a good exercise.

Joshua Metzger
Try two legs at once from a low step and imagine you are diving!

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