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3 Ways to Become a Stronger Runner

runningWork your upper body to get better control over body movements

Running often leaves your upper body feeling neglected, so having all over strength again will give you fuller control of your body and movements. When your entire body is strong, you tend to have better running posture.

The RFC offers many solutions to strengthening your upper body. Try a Body Pump, PiYo Strength or Tabata class. Work with a personal trainer. Check out the Virtual Trainer on our mobile app for strength training programs for your upper body.

(Did you know that Body Pump was named specifically in a recent article in Runner’s World magazine on the 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners?)

Improve flexibility to prevent injuries

The repetitive motion of running tightens muscles, increasing your injury risk. Dynamic stretches before a run prep your body for more intense activities. Afterward, static stretching can return your muscles to their prerun length.

Looking for more guidance in your stretching? How about a Yoga class or Restore Lab?

Build a stronger core through variety

Cross-training will help add variety to your running routine. And by engaging different muscle groups, you can correct muscle imbalances and net a stronger, more well-rounded body.

Join a Spin class which offers Strength, Interval and Endurance rides. Can’t fit a Spin class into your schedule? Check out the E-Spinner bike in the fitness room. This bike is pre-programmed with ride profiles to fit your needs.

If you’re looking to build a stronger core through variety, why not try a class that’s aimed specifically at your core?! CXWORX is a 30-minute core strengthening program that targets your abs, obliques, shoulders, back, and glutes with resistance tubing.