Improving your running isn’t just about cardio stamina – it’s also about strengthening the muscles. Running engages both your core and hips, so training these muscles will help you run longer, and make it more enjoyable.
When it comes to core strengthening the transversus abdominis is a key muscle. TA, as it usually is called, ensures that the core is stabilized and helps you keep a good posture while running as well as in your daily activities. The Plank is a great exercise for strengthening this muscle.
A strong upper body and midsection helps running tremendously. V-Situps engage the whole body, but focus particularly on these muscle groups.
The biggest muscle group that works during running is your hips. Scissor Kicks engage the same hip muscles as when you’re running, which in return will make running easier and your technique better.
Side Plank with Knee Pulls
This exercise attacks your core from the side, and improves both your strength and balance.
When it comes to strengthening your running muscles, this is the ultimate exercise. It engages both your core and hips, and can be done either fast and explosive or at a slower more controlled pace.
All of these exercises are in our app Seven, and you can even create your own custom workout combining all of them!