Why is strength training important?

Strength training helps runners prevent injuries by improving muscle imbalances and weaknesses.

It also enhances running performance by increasing power, speed, and endurance.

The top 5 exercises for runners are squats, lunges, deadlifts, hip bridges, and planks.

Squats and lunges target the lower body muscles, while deadlifts and hip bridges work on the posterior chain.

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Planks strengthen the core, which is essential for maintaining proper running form.

It's important to start with lighter weights and focus on proper form before increasing the load.

Incorporating strength training into your running routine 2-3 times a week can lead to significant improvements in performance and injury prevention.