Alright folks. I’m going to start posting strength training exercises that will help improve your running by strengthening key areas that are specific to running.
First up are jumping lunges. These will target the quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes and hips. Another bonus is that jumping lunges will give you a cardio workout.
The video is a perfect example on how to do them.
Some tips to think about when you do these… make sure that with your forward leg, the quad is parallel to the ground. Also use your arms as if you are running. So when your left leg is out your right arm is up.
Try to add these 2-3 times a week during your routine. Maybe do them after your run since your muscles will be warmed up.
Start with doing one set for 20-30 seconds. Then add another set after 1-2 weeks. Over time get to where you are comfortable doing 2 x 1 minute of jumping lunges 2-3 times a week.
Not gonna lie, these will burn like hell at first! Think about quality over quantity for these. Take it slow, get the feel for them and don’t get sloppy with them.
On a related note how are your wall sits going for the February Fitness Challenge?!