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  • Writer's pictureJacob Puzey


Strength training, like running, should start with the basics. Building muscular strength and endurance can enhance running performance and injury resistance. However, jumping into an intense strength training program without proper preparation is a recipe for injury and frustration.

Before adding heavy weights, start with body weight exercises that emphasize core strength and isolate key running movements. By using our body’s natural levers rather than the levers of machines we develop balance and strength in injury prone areas. And for most of us, our body weight provides more than enough resistance to build a strong foundation.

Here are some exercises that I do regularly because they target key areas and don’t require much additional time or equipment. The entire routine only takes a few minutes and can be done just about anywhere - at home, at the gym, or at your local park.

Footage by Paul Nelson, Eric Reyes and Sean Nielsen

Edited by Brian Allen-Aguilar of Eagle's Nest Artistry

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