Strength exercises are important for runners because they help to strengthen the muscles needed to run, which can help to improve running performance, reduce the risk of injury, and increase the body’s overall stability. Strengthening the muscles used in running can also improve the runner’s biomechanics, resulting in a more balanced, efficient running form.
Here are 5 exercises to work on your Glutes and your Calves.
1. Glute Bridges: Lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground and your arms at your side. Push through your heels and raise your hips off the ground until your thighs are in line with your torso. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower your hips back to the ground.
2. Lunges: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Take a large step forward with your right foot and lower your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push through your right heel to return to standing. Repeat on the other side.
3. Step-Ups: Stand in front of a step or box that is about 12 inches tall. Place your right foot on the box and press through your heel to lift your body up. Step down with your left foot and repeat on the other side.
4. Calf Raises: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your toes pointed slightly outward. Raise your heels off the ground as high as you can. Then slowly lower your heels back to the ground.
5. Squats: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your toes pointed slightly outward. Push your hips back and bend your knees to lower your body until your