Monday, March 23, 2009

Improve Running Speed With A Balanced Body

Your body needs to be in balance for you to run with effiency and run faster....as you progress up the ladder in competition, there's not much margin for error....all things being equal, a more efficient runner will run faster than her or his opponent...

It is important for your body to be in muscular balance to prevent injuries and to help you run faster. For example, the frontside of your body should not be significantly stronger than your backside. And, your quadriceps should not be significantly stronger than your hamstrings.

Four effective ways to keep your body balanced are:

1. Full body strength, power and speed training,

2. One-legged and One-armed strength, power and speed training exercises,

3. Doing exercises in all 3 planes of motion and

4. Keeping all areas of the body flexible.

Training with bodyweight and dumbbell exercises force each side of your body to do its share of the work. And, you see right way if a side of your body is weaker than the other. Some of the best exercises for this are:

--Step ups
--Lunges
--Single leg squats, deadlifts and good mornings
--Single leg/arm cable exercises
--Pushups
--Two-armed and one-armed dumbbell presses and rows
--Single leg arm and leg curls
--Medicine ball exercises working all sides of the body

Train hard and smart to get faster!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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