Runners Don't Need to Strength Train

While running definitely tones your lower body, to prevent injury, it's important to incorporate strength training for the legs — especially if you're trying to run faster or longer. Don't overlook the value of core work for injury prevention either — just a few variations of planks can set you up for the long run.

Try our strength-training plan for runners; it'll work your lower body and chronically underworked stabilizing muscles. Do it twice a week to stay on the road and out of the physical therapist's office.

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