Do runners need to squat?
When I wrote the post, “Do You Still Run?” I mentioned several movements that can benefit runners. Many of the movements not only compliment running, but are found in your everyday movements.
Once I began distance running, I thought running was enough. I mean seriously, my legs were tired after 10 miles, why the heck would I want to do squats and lunges?
How many of you have have similar thoughts? Sure, we can knock out push-ups, planks, an assortment of core work, but strength training our legs seems to be last on the list.
However, strength training is one of the best non-running ways to boost performance (source). Notably, it helps prevent injury by strengthening smaller muscles that running, a repetitive movement, neglects. And, the most effective exercise to incorporate? The squat. You have heard me yammer on about my improved running as a result many times.
I tend to repeat the cues above for all my classes regardless of how long someone has been attending or training.
You may have seen this on instagram, but how I could I not share it again? He was pretty proud of his stick. Size matters!
1. Do you run and strength train?
2. Favorite non-running exercise or move?
*Disclaimer: Although I am a NSCA-CSCS, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program or diet plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.