6 Bodyweight Exercises For Endurance Athletes

Endurance athletes can fall into a workout rut that focuses solely on running, cycling and swimming and ignores strength training—an essential component of long distance races.

The weight room is frequently overlooked, in part because it's a less desirable training environment than a rocky trail or winding mountainside road.

Fortunately, even if you have a strong aversion to gyms and complicated-looking weight machines, you can still get in your strength training.

By relying on bodyweight exercises, you will gain the same benefits as you might in a traditional weight room. What's more, it takes less time and can be done in the comfort of your own home or backyard.

More: Infographic: Advanced Bodyweight Exercises

Why It Matters

Small muscle imbalances can lead to major injuries down the road. Strength training can help stabilize the regions that often get passed over during running, biking and swimming.

Strength training also sharpens performance come race day. Athletes that participated in an eight-week strength training program increased the efficiency of their oxygen use while running, according to a study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

More: 3 Reasons Strength Training Will Benefit Your Run

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About the Author

Mackenzie Lobby

Mackenzie Lobby is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and photographer with a Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She has run 10 marathons and is a USATF certified coach. When she's not writing, she's out swimming, biking, and running the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Check out her website at mackenzielobby.com.

Mackenzie Lobby is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and photographer with a Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She has run 10 marathons and is a USATF certified coach. When she's not writing, she's out swimming, biking, and running the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Check out her website at mackenzielobby.com.

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