On January 5th Willem Verweij Physical Therapy and Runner’s Alley offered an excellent workshop on winter running. Willem is a long time member of the running club as well as a sponsor of the Free Fall 5k.
During the workshop Willem and Lucas (the PT that specializes in injury prevention and treatment for runners) showed a good number of exercises that strengthen the muscles used when running. Willem has given us permission to share his written instructions and the links to their video instructions to club members.
They suggest doing these exercises one after the other. These don’t take a lot of time and help create some muscle fatigue which will help you get stronger. With some practice these exercises could be done in 15-20 minutes.
The reps and sets below and mentioned in the videos are guidelines. Adjust up or down as needed. Your goal is to get the muscles to some level of fatigue.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. www.wvphysicaltherapy.com.
The links are below. We hope you will find them helpful!
1. High knees – start with 3-5 sets of 30 seconds. Progress to 5×1 minute
2. Mountain climber – 3-5 sets of 30 seconds
3. Single leg bridge – 3 sets of 10 each leg
4. Plank variations – facing down 2-3 sets of 10 each leg. Side plank lift top leg 5 times 5-10 sets each
5. Quiet Jumps – 5-10 30 second sets on each leg (or on both legs if two-legged)
6. Skate Jumps – 2-5 sets of 30-60 seconds
7. Reverse Lunge – 3 sets of 10 on each leg