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The Best Strength Training Equipment for Runners (with Video)

If you’ve been following along with any of my content for the past few years, you know that I’m a big believer in the benefits of strength training for runners.

More and more, it seems that runners are starting to come around to the idea of regular strength training, which is a good thing.

Yet many runners are still struggling with understanding what an effective strength training routine consists of, which is why I’ve done several videos in the past year demonstrating simple and effective routines designed specifically for runners.

One of the common threads in most of those videos from the past is that each of the exercises involves virtually no exercise equipment.

And that’s by design.

You do not need to to join a gym or buy any fancy strength training equipment for runners in order to get a challenging, effective, and beneficial workout.

That said…

Body Weight Training Can Get a Bit Boring

You can combine the dozens of the equipment free strength training exercises that I’ve talked about before in an infinite amount of ways in order to keep your workouts from getting boring.

Shoot, I mix up the routine for almost every workout, just because I hate doing the same exercises ad nauseam.

Yet even with all of the possibilities that exist, you can get even more variety if you add just one or two pieces of equipment to the mix.

The 4 Best Pieces of Strength Training Equipment for Runners

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A Strength Training Routine for Runners: Feb/Mar 2016

How have you been doing with your strength training?

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get off track when it comes to consistent strength training as runners even though we know how important it can be in terms of avoiding injuries, improving performance, and maintaining overall body functions.

If you need a new routine to get you back in the strength training saddle, or if you just want to add a little spice to your current strength training routine, today’s video will do just that.

I’m switching things up a little bit this go round. Gone is the idea of doing 2-3 sets of the circuit of exercises.

Instead, we will be doing a certain number of reps of each exercise, resting as needed, before moving on to the next exercise on the list. Once you finish the last exercise, you’re set for the day.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Hehehehe….

Enter your info below, and I’ll send you the PDF guide outlining the Feb/Mar 2016 strength training routine ASAP.

Have You Done this Type of Workout Before? What are Your Thoughts?

Best Time for Strength Training

Quick Tip: When is the Best Time for Strength Training?


Ah yes, the age old question for runners: what is the best time for strength training?

It’s no secret that regular strength training is important for runners, both to reduce the risk of injury and to improve performance.

But when is the best time to incorporate said strength training? Or does timing even matter?

Best Time for Strength Training

When is the Best Time for Strength Training?

For runners, the best time for strength training is AFTER they’ve done a hard workout.

Allow me to explain why.

After you’ve done a hard workout (think speed intervals, tempo, etc.), your legs are pretty well shot, right?

So now is a good time to pile on. Adding 10-15 minutes of mostly body weight exercises after a hard workout really isn’t going to make any difference in terms of recovery, especially if you can do the strength training almost immediately after your run.

What About Before a Run?

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Strength Training Routine for Runners

An Equipment Free Strength Training Routine for Runners (with Video)

You don’t have to look around this site very far to know that I’m a believer in regular strength training for runners.

(Want more examples? Here’s a podcast interview, a post on the importance of a strong core, and answers to common strength training questions/concerns from runners.)

So every couple of months, I put together a short workout (lasting about 15 minutes) designed specifically to help runners shore up the weak spots that are created by running lots and lots of miles.

The workout for November/December is four exercises long, but if you do them correctly you’ll be feeling it!

Fill out the info below and I’ll send you a PDF guide with all of these exercises on it.

If you have any questions about any of these exercises, or anything else related to running and strength training, please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them for you!

What is Your Favorite Strength Training Exercise and Why?

Best Core Exercises for Runners

5 Best Core Exercises for Runners

While (too) many runners are still struggling to grasp the importance of regular strength training and the positive impact it has on their running, a lot of runners tend to do some core work on a regular basis.

At least they think they are working their cores.

However, too many runners (and people in general) think that working their abs is the same thing as working their core. And honestly, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Best Core Exercises for Runners

Best Core Exercises for Runners

Your core muscle group includes your abs, obliques, and the muscles in your lower back, and all of them are vital for improved running performance and injury prevention. However, if you focus on your abs and neglect the other areas of your core, you are actually setting yourself up for more problems than you’re preventing. Read more