/ Best gym exercices to improve running
As a general rule interval training/HIIT will improve both...
Will depend were your running is at! What is holding you back, fitness? biomechanics? will power?
Jo Pavey ought to know what she's on about:
I'm thinking squats, leg extensions plus some core stability work. Was just wondering if anyone on here did the same and found any exercises particularly good for improving their running.
I'm currently running up to 10 miles but am looking to get this distance up to 15 miles
Just run more! 15 miles a week is nothing, integrate some different sessions speed work, tempo, hills, long slow distance. If your training to reach your potential and have other family/work commitments you shouldn't really have time for anything but running. If you want to build mileage slowly just cross train, eliptical/bike will build leg strength as well as imroving aerobic fitness. Most of the elite distance runners I know don't do gym work unless of course they are injured and looking for something else to do.
So basically I run 4-5 times a week. But can now go to the gym every day before work and easily do 30 mins of specific exercises. SO was looking for advice FOR THOSE SESSIONS ;-)
Ok I get you. Looks like you've got it sorted then running 5/6 days a week with all the right sessions in there should have you coming on nicely over time.
From personal experience and from others I've trained with hitting a decent spot of form can take 12 months of consistant training two years being the real aim. Consistancy being the key and progressing your sessions making them harder and harder. Increasing speed and duration and decreasing recovery over the weeks and months.
I guess like you said core strength is something you could work on but unless this is really poor I don't personally see any correlation from when I have awesome core strength to when I do not possess these powers in my running ability. I run best when I have trained most which is incidentally when I hav climbed little and therefore am weak due to little stregth training.
I think leg strength is best improved through hill work and cycling, this way you can kill two birds with one stone by increasing base aerobic fitness. I you want to do gym work for general conditioning or aesthetics then great but if you want to get as good as you possibly can at running use the time to run more.
You want to run further, do you want to run faster? It is good to have a bit of time to stretch and work on core stability, but remember core work is quite difficult to get right. The secret to running further is just carrying on, the more you do it the easier it gets, but looking after your body will make this easier.
Any sort of intense exercise will help with fitness and dealing with those hard miles, a lot of very good athletes swear by spinning. Are you just going out running or doing speed work of some sort? A mix of intervals on the treadmill and to a lesser degree other cardio machines will help with this.
When I worked across from a gym, I used to do tabata intervals on the treadmill and stability stuff - one legged squats, weighted, different angles, bosu ball, etc. Insurance work for a multiply sprained ankle. Plus a bit of upper body for vanity.
> When I worked across from a gym, I used to do tabata intervals on the treadmill and stability stuff - one legged squats, weighted, different angles, bosu ball, etc. Insurance work for a multiply sprained ankle. Plus a bit of upper body for vanity.
Agree with this. Unless you are a sprinter I think the best use of gym time for a runner is injury prevention/rehab. Try and increase your durability.
I have noticed an improvement in my ability maintain running form over long periods of time since I started working the core.
Running form in terms of "bounciness" can also benefit from plyometric exercises.
However, I personally would not do either of these in the gym due to personal preference. I also have a gym next to work which I can use and the one thing I use is the shower after running to work ;-)
It can indeed be helpful for strenghening the core, but for many runners doing leg exercises, weights will not be especially helpful, and if you really mash your legs up (and 30 mins a day is plenty to do that) your ability to do the more useful running bit might decrease.
Are you , for example, doing any 'proper' hills. Not a hilly run, but hills per se.?
I think my the answer to my question was above. Use the gym for knee stability work, core strength and stretching. Maybe even the odd bench press ;-)
I'd recommend plyometric exercises. Bodyweight movements where you have to explode like sprints, box jumps, squat jumps, strides, high knee raises (jog on the spot), lunge jumps. If you're distance running a lot you wont build muscle. Well not enough to hinder.
Be warned that these carry risk of injury if not warmed up thoroughly.
Try Tabata sprints, they are a killer. Try tagging one of these onto the end of a 30 min run. I'm not saying it's magical but you may notice a spring in your step on your next run (if sufficiently rested).
For those who fancy themselves as tougher I used to this - warm up, 6 * 3 minutes rolling in Richmond Park, 15 mins jog, do the hills as above and struggle home. I got that from some very good runners.
After either of the above your legs will hurt for a few days.
ukc doesnt like the link but look for the article by charles poliquin called ten reasons why runners should include weight training. very good source for training information
Interesting article, thanks for posting. The pitcher squats were something to take away with you. Haven't done them before and will be adding them to my leg routine.
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