Best 5 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

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4. Straight-Leg Deadlift

The posterior chain (back of the body) needs to get some love too. More often than not, runners are quad-dominant, so balancing out the muscles in your legs is crucial to staying healthy. This one is all about the hip hinge.

5. Plank

Who doesn’t love a good Plank? Building strength in the core is imperative for runners to stay healthy and maintain good body positioning throughout their runs.

Before your next mid-distance run, complete three sets of 10 repetitions of each exercise or substitute a strength day for one of your runs. To progress each exercise, add resistance to further challenge your muscles.

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