We’ve talked a lot about the importance of strong hips and glutes. But it never hurts to hear it again…
Let’s review the November 4, 2016 post for those who haven’t heard this stuff yet, and for those who need a reminder…
When it comes to running strong, efficiently, and injury free, it’s all in the hips and butt!
Our hips and glutes work together to provide postural stability when we’re walking, standing and running. Our glutes stabilize and align the hip, decelerate our swinging leg while running, and provide power in our footstrike and push-off.
When we are pounding pavement (or any other kind of terrain), our pelvic floor, quads, hamstrings, knees, calves, and feet are constantly under fire. Without strong hips and glutes, those essential lower extremities might just blow!
The problem is that runners often have weak hips and glutes, leading to discomfort, inefficiency and—worst of all—injury.
According to the TrailRunnermag.com article 4 Hip-Strengthening Exercises to Help You Run Strong, “Trunk muscles—including your hips and glutes—are arguably the most important part of your running anatomy. Pay attention to them to prevent injury and stay strong.”
Weakness in your glutes is related to a lack of “recruitment,” explains Toni Dauwalter, a Physical Therapist at Accelerated Sports Therapy and Fitness in Minneapolis. “Two big reasons for [glute weakness are] our sitting lifestyle and a history of back pain and injury,” she says. “There isn’t much need for core recruitment in the sitting position, especially the frequently adopted work position of forward head and shoulders and rounded spine.”
When do you do your strength work? We’ve talked about this before too and ideally, the best time to do your strength training is right before you run. Doing these basic exercises just before heading out for a run will not only allow you to warm up a bit, but they will also remind you of which muscles you should be engaging while running and you’ll be more inclined to practice things like firing up through your glutes and maintaining good form.
Ready to fire those glutes and keep building strong hips? Let’s get to work Crew!
Day 10 exercises: 3 sets of 10
- Donkey Kick + Fire Hydrant (3 sets of 10 for both legs)
- Butt Lift Bridge
- Clams (3 sets of 10 for both legs)
- Plank – :60 (Your choice)
Bonus: Modern Mom’s Hip Strength! – Why not? Throw in the workout for a great 8 minute burn!
- Burpees – 30
- Push Ups Beginner – 8
- Push Ups Advanced – 36
- Squats – Rest
Speed Work: Pick up on pickups – “Speed Play”
Speed play is the simplest form of speed work. “We simply introduce pickups during a run,” says Bob Glover, who supervises training programs for the New York Road Runners Club.
Pickups are segments of faster-paced running injected into an existing run.
In this first step, runners on a favorite 3-mile course begin choosing landmarks and running to them at a quicker-than-normal pace.
“It might be the next street light, it might be the top of a hill,” says Glover. “We tell them to do six or eight of these during the run.”
Same loop, same scenery, just the occasional decision to run slightly faster for a while.
“This takes away the stress of going to a track,” says Glover, “because in the minds of many of these people, you don’t go to the track unless you’re good.”
FARTLEKS!!! Go out and choose small portions of your run to pick up speed. Have fun with it!
Weak or strong? What will you choose today?