How to become a better runner without running 

The best way to become a better runner is, well, to run. However, without running there are ways to improve your strength and performance through other means such as strength training and cross training.  Why it’s important to include activities other than running in your training plan The five components of fitness are: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.  These components are the blueprint for many...

Home workouts for runners: Exercises you can do in your living room 

No access to the gym? If you’re stuck at home but would like to keep up with your strength training routine, the good news is there are many exercises you can do in your living room.  Running is so much more than just running. In order to become a better runner, run faster and stronger for longer, you need to be dabbling in ancillary work like strength training.  Strength training...

5 essential hip flexor stretches for runners

Hip flexor stretches for runners are important to keep you running strong. Your hip flexors can often become tight, so it’s important you include a stretching routine as part of your training plan. What are your hip flexors important when running? Hip flexors help contract and pull the thigh towards the torso, allowing you to bring your knee towards your chest as you run.  When you run, you regularly shorten...

5 best home gym equipment essentials for runners

If you struggle to go to the gym, then the easiest way to strength train is from the comfort of your own home. The pieces of kit in this blog are considered the best home gym equipment essentials for runners. If you’re new to strength training, check out my essential strength training guide for runners.  Strength training is essential for becoming and staying a stronger and less injury-prone runner.  It...

7 resistance band exercises for runners

Resistance band exercises for runners are a great way to keep strength training when you no longer have access to a gym, or just don’t want to go there for personal reasons.  There are hundreds of workouts you can do with a resistance band. Even better, you can choose to do them from the comfort of your own home.  In a 2017 study, it was found that elastic resistance bands...

6 simple strength exercises for runners

Between work and family commitments, it can be hard to fit a run into a busy schedule. This is where these simple strength exercises for runners come in as they can be done virtually anywhere! The key is finding a workout that you can not only fit into your busy lifestyle, but one that gets you results within a short space of time. These exercises are beneficial for runners and...

Strength training: A complete guide for runners

strength training for runners

Strength training for runners is essential for anyone looking to run faster and get stronger. Once you feel like you’re ready to step up your training and you’d really like to achieve a PB in your next race, consider adding strength training into your training routine. But what exactly is strength training? In this post, I’d like to explain a few key points when it comes to strength training for...

HIIT: The complete guide for runners

HIIT is by far one of my favourite types of workouts. There are many HIIT workouts for runners out there which are fun, versatile and challenging! Even better, they can be done anywhere! It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete a workout so it’s great if you lead a busy lifestyle. But what exactly is HIIT?  You’ve probably heard the term banded around the fitness world over the...

Strength training for runners: 5 ways weightlifting can help you become a stronger and faster runner

Namely that strength training for runners is essential to any training plan. I’ve learnt a lot about strength training over the last few years. Six months ago, if you told me I’d be able to deadlift 80kg in a matter of months, I wouldn’t have believed you. The thought of even entering a gym and heading straight to the weights section filled me with dread! I felt so uncomfortable around...

7 essential core exercises for runners

Your core is extremely important while running. The good news is that there are lots of core exercises for runners out there to help you become a stronger and faster runner. A good core means you are able to hold a strong and stable position for longer, thus allowing you hold proper form and posture. The muscles in your back, stomach and hips are key components for good core strength...