June 22 2017
Coach Hillary Kigar offers tips on how runners can prevent the major soreness that comes with early strength training.
Moves and workouts put together in collaboration with Kettlebellkings.com
Kettlebell training is an effective, appropriate and efficient way for runners to prevent injury and improve performance. Running causes a lot of impact on the body each time the foot strikes the ground, and long-distance running especially can wear down the muscles and joints over hundreds of miles.
Strength training can help prepare the body to resist typical overuse injuries from running, which are often the result of tight and/or weak hip, gluteal and core muscles. Even if injury is not a concern, strength training can lead to increased speed and power, as well as increased muscular endurance.
Kettlebell training specifically targets the hamstrings, glutes, back and core all at once—areas that are notorious for causing injury in runners if they are not strengthened. Sounds like kettlebells and runners were made for each other, am I right?