Leg Exercises for Runners | Running | Portland, Oregon

Running is a motion that takes place almost entirely in the sagital plane, which means that it occurs going forward and backwards.  That is an obvious statement, and equally obvious may be the types of exercises runners should do to increase leg strength.  Running, squats, lunges, dead-lifts and the like are great exercises to do, and can even make up key components of an exercise routine, but they are far from the only exercises that runners should do.  In fact, they may be some of the least important leg strengthening exercises for runners.Doing squats and dead-lifts will increase the amount of power and explosiveness that your legs can create, which is very important when transitioning from a run to a sprint.  However, they are not essential exercises in that they will not help prevent injury and increase the mileage that people can safely run.  These exercises are the little and often overlooked ones, such as hip adductor, abductor, and rotational exercises.  By performing those exercises and strengthening the little muscles that stabilize and support the pelvis and leg while running, it is possible to prevent injury.  This is why many running coaches and professional runners are adamant about doing general strengthening exercises that don’t address primary muscle groups.  Exercises like side shuffles and lateral leg raises are incredibly important.Runners already have strong quadriceps and calves, but because they are stuck in that rut of sagital plane movement, other key muscles can atrophy or become imbalanced.  Therefore, it’s almost more important to exercise the little stabilizing muscles to make sure they are strong and able to support the leg.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241