May 10 2018
Take advantage of your gym’s rowing machine to build whole-body strength and improve your running.
As runners, we are constantly told to cross-train and strength train. While some people love taking a break from their running days, it can be a challenge for others. But what if there was a way that you could do both? What if you could get a short run in and get stronger while you’re running?
If this sounds like something that would appeal to you, consider the possibility of mixing strength training in with your runs. Lest you think that strength training needs to be complicated and require weights, that’s not the case. Body weight can provide an excellent and effective form of resistance for strength training. Exercises like air squats, lunges, planks, pushups, calf raises and more can all be done no matter where your run takes you.
So what does a running and strength combo workout look like? Well, there are tons of options. Consider these:
Mixing running with strength can be a great way to break up the monotony of training runs while getting your strength workout in. They’re also a great option for summer, when you want to get a tough workout in but struggle to run long in the heat. Give one a try!
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