For More Strength, Use Progression in the Weight Room

Fast runners have one thing in common: they produce a lot of force, meaning they’re capable of strong muscular contractions.

Strong Runner

Those strong muscle contractions translate into speed.

Just think: if you want a bouncy ball to to bounce …

Tony Gentilcore on Why Runners Need to Lift

Is it surprising that I don’t think strength workouts are cross-training? Rather, strength work is just part of your training as a runner.

Strength Training

Cross-training is supplemental exercise that can be helpful to your running, like cycling.

But just like …

You Are Not (Just a) Runner: Nate Helming on Athleticism

Being a runner has a special side-benefit: all that training makes you feel strong, powerful, and alive!

Runners are Athletes

The decision to start running was one of the best I’ve ever made in my life. I’m sure you feel the …

Can a Stronger “Foot Core” Prevent Running Injuries?

If you were a baseball pitcher, would you prevent shoulder injuries by pitching with your arm in a cast?

barefoot running

I hope you answered, “No, Jason. That sounds ridiculous.”

Because it IS ridiculous! To be a good pitcher, …

Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 New Planks That Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise?

2-point Pushup Plank

That’s actually a simple question: the answer is no way! There are far better ab exercises than a …

How to Plan Strength Training for Runners

There are always plenty of questions surrounding the topic of strength training for runners:

How often should runners do strength work?

Should lifting sessions be scheduled on hard, easy, or rest days?

What are the best exercises?

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How do you strengthen the glutes and hip flexors? (New Q&A with Coach)

Has it really been more than two months since the last episode of Q&A with Coach? It’s time to get back into it!

Today we’re talking all about strength – specifically, how to strengthen your hip flexors and glutes.…

The Sickle Circuit Workout Video Demonstration (plus, a more advanced circuit)

Can you gain endurance AND strength – with just one workout? Yes, you can accomplish both goals with a circuit workout!

Circuit Workout for Runners

Circuits usually make people think of CrossFit WOD’s and AMRAP sessions – but they’re for runners, too.

When …

The Best Yoga Poses for Runners (And a New Routine!)

A decade ago, you’d have a better chance of seeing me in a knitting workshop than in a yoga class. Even the word “yoga” freaked me out.

Yoga for Runners

But the times, they are a-changing!

Now I look past the neon …

The Best Strength Exercises for Runners

Recently I polled my readers on their top struggles with running. And today I’m answering your top questions about strength exercises.

Plank Strength Exercise

I love sending you surveys – and I really appreciate you taking the time to complete them. …