Strength is an important aspect of running, with most of the attention given to our core and legs. But let’s not neglect our upper body as well! While running, our upper body is critical for balance and efficiency. Without proper strength and motion, our core muscles will have a difficult time working properly, and our arms won’t be able to generate the leverage and recoil needed to help propel our feet forward. Unfortunately, the upper body work that most runners do is minimal and isolated to specific muscles. Rather, we should be working our arms in a way that integrates well with the rest of our bodies.
That’s the approach for today’s video. The format is rapid-fire exercises that will be challenging to keep up with, but will leave you feeling muscles that you didn’t know you had! These exercises are meant to be done anywhere at any time, perhaps you can challenge your teammates as part of your warm-up for a group run!
Be careful with these if you have any concern of shoulder pain or past injury, especially the very last one! Otherwise have fun and let me know these go!