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. Each form of strengthening builds on the previously completed modalities; these 10 running-specific exercises will build the strength, agility and explosiveness you need to conquer challenging hill intervals and speed workouts. These exercises, as well as additional exercises to develop strength and endurance, can be found in Running Science.

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