The 6 Best Strength Training Exercises for Runners

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1. Reverse Lunge

The reverse lunge is a great method to develop lower body strength and single-leg stability.

There are numerous methods to load a back lunge, but dumbbells are the most common.

Reverse Lunge

2. Walking Lunge

Walking lunges are a much slower, strengthening variant of running lunges. 

Walking lunges enable you to develop strength while moving forward.

Walking Lunge

3. Single-Arm Standing Cable Row

This action encompasses a multitude of essentials for sprinting.

This exercise can also be performed with a resistance band secured to a door or squat rack.

Single-Arm Standing Cable Row

4. Single-Leg Deadlift

You gain strength and stability, and you can always advance to more powerful elements.

Slightly bend the left knee, then hinge at the pelvis to lower the torso toward the floor. 

Single-Leg Deadlift

5. Pallof Press

Stand perpendicular to the cable machine with your right side closest to the machine and your limbs at your sides.

Pallof Press

Position yourself closer to the anchor point for less resistance, and further away for greater resistance.

Focus of step-ups is single-leg strength and stability.

6. Step-Up


Step-ups are a great way to keep your legs strong, especially for running, as they expose many imbalances.

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