7 Exercises to Help Energize Your Runs ...

By Tara

If you find yourself fatigued in the middle of your run you may want to add some strengthening exercises. Strengthening exercises are a key component of every strong runner’s fitness routine. This is integral to preventing injuries and also to add a spring in your stride. So get energized and ready to run strong, hopefully for longer. Here are the key exercises that can help you to run like a gazelle:

1 Lunges

Time to drop everything and get focused for this ultimate running strengthening exercise, the lunge. This exercise targets the larger muscle groups of each leg individually to work your body strong. As a trainer I consider this is essential exercise for runners and every athlete alike! So follow along as I show you the proper form in this video!

2 Jump Squats

If you want to add some explosiveness in your run to eliminate your legs getting tired, you should definitely add a jump squat into your workouts. Get to action, get in your squat, jump up and land in seated positon. Make sure you follow along with this video and remember to absorb the shock in your landing!

3 Side Plank

Work your obliques since this is a neglected area for most runners. Stack your legs, lift your hips and follow along with this video. Squeeze from your glutes, hold for 30 seconds and work your internal and external obliques. Engage your muscles to make the most out of this exercise.

4 High Knees

Stand nice and tall and bring your knees up as high as you can. Engage your abs and legs as you strengthen your hamstrings, abdominal muscles, and lower body. This video does a great job describing this workout. I try to always bring my knees up as high as I can to make the most out of this exercise.

5 Mountain Climbers

The mountain climber is a great total body workout. If you perform this exercise quickly you will get a great cardio workout. Engage your abs and try to keep your body low. Move it quick to get your heart rate up and to make the most out of this workout!

6 One Leg Squats

Runners, do not miss out on this super effective exercise - the one legged split squat. Put your one leg up on the chair and make sure you are far away enough from the chair to get full extension. Find your balance, use your core and isolate the leg muscles of each leg individually!

7 Sprints

Runners can burn fat fast. Build your speed with this high intensity workout that involves sprints. These sprints will help you to burn more calories throughout the day so boost your metabolism as shown in this video. Never stop moving and put all your energy into your workout. If you want to achieve big, you have to work hard!

Are you ready to put in the work to energize your runs? Then push yourself with these workouts starting today. You deserve to reach your running potential so if you want it, work for it!

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