Ultimate Sandbag Upper Body Exercises to Improve Running Form
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Before I get into the post today I just have to share that my little studio, Strength In Motion, is FINALLY almost ready to open. The floors have been laid and the paint is just about dry so we will be opening the doors soon. I will also be hosting a one day DVRT Workshop there on May 15th as part of a kick-off party so to speak.
Anyway, the freshly laid turf was calling my name and wanted me to come play yesterday so I decided to break in the studio with an unofficial solo workout.
You might assume that since the studio is focused on offering strength training programs to runners that my workout consisted of a bunch of lower body exercises but that was not the case. In fact, it was upper body focused which is more important for running than you may think.
While we all know that squats, deadlifts and single leg work are vital to improving speed and preventing injuries, we tend to neglect the upper body which can be detrimental to form and performance.
But how can your arms and upper body help you run faster, you ask? Well, it simple. Stronger arms along with a stronger core and torso create a stable foundation which improves running form.
Here’s the thing though- just jumping on a machine at the gym and doing chest presses isn’t really going to get you anywhere. In order to really improve your running form, you need to be specific about the exercises that you choose so that they help to strength imbalances that may exist which leads me to the upper body exercises below. Not only are they functional but they allow you to multi-task so you can get more work done, quicker, leaving more time for all the miles you need to run.
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