14 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 planned 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. Mix and match these running-specific exercises to build the strength, agility and explosiveness you need to conquer challenging hill intervals and speed workouts.

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Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.
Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.

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