Strength workout for runners

When you run, you’re asking the muscles in your legs to support two to three times your body weight with every step. Strength exercises build those muscles so that you can run longer and stronger and avoid injuries.

Strength exercises build your calves, thighs, hips, and core.

Perform strength exercises two to three times a week to keep your key running muscle groups strong enough to carry you through even your toughest runs.

Recommended strength exercises for runners

If you’re not familiar with these exercises, you can search for instructions online.

  • Heel raises
  • Split squats
  • Romanian deadlifts (RDLs)
  • Planks
  • Lunges
  • Step-downs
Last reviewed: 
December 2018

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