Leg Workouts

There are many gym exercises and workouts you can do to strengthen your legs and other important parts of your body in order to improve your running ability.  Leg workouts can be especially helpful in allowing you to be able to run up and down hills easier, and in preventing less injury as your legs grow stronger.  Some of the best leg workouts you can do are leg press which there are machines for at practically every gym.  Step ups are also a great workout for runners.  All you need is a box or platform of some sort that you can step up onto from the ground and you step up leading with one leg for ten times and then switch and lead with your other leg.  You can repeat this up to 3 times using dumbbells for a harder workout.

Lunges are the perfect workout for strengthening your running body.  What most people don’t know is that lunges not only workout your calves, hamstrings, and glutes, but also help stabilize your abs and back muscles as well.  Lunges are almost a full body workout for runners and can be used with dumbbells for an even better workout.  It is also important to make sure that you don’t overwork your muscles though, as I can say from experience that lunges make your legs and thighs super sore.  I would suggest that you should try to do lunges 2-3 times a week with at least 1-2 rest days in between where you can still run, to allow your muscles to heal.  Working out your leg muscles is important so that you can lessen your chances of injury and allow yourself to condition your body better for races and running in general.

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