Female Upper Body Strength | Female Runners | Portland Personal Trainer

Upper body strength in female runnersAs a group, runners aren't known for their bulging muscles and incredible strength.  They are more famous for their speedy legs and thin bodies.  However, many recognize the importance of certain kinds of strength.  Core work is fundamental to many running programs, as are leg strengthening exercises. Some runners, especially those that have run collegiately, recognize the importance of upper body strengthening as well.  However, many runners forgo this aspect of fitness, particularly female runners who have little experience with weights or upper body exercises.  Unfortunately, because of this and the nature of running, many female runners exhibit a forward rounding of the shoulders.Essentially, the forward nature of running, coupled with the arm motions, can pull the shoulders forward.  The pectoral muscles tighten and the back, which is often underdeveloped and overlooked, cannot pull the shoulders back.  This means that the shoulders are constantly rounded, even when not running, and this can lead to back pain and other health issues.  Fortunately, the fix is a relatively simple one.  Incorporating back exercises into your strengthening routine, and pectoral stretching into your stretching routine, will help fix the issue.Runners tend to be very fit people, but even fit people have aspects of fitness that are foreign to them, and suffer consequences from not being well-rounded.  Hunched shoulders are an example of that, but fortunately are easy to fix and cause no real, lasting damage if the hunch is taken care of in a timely manner.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241