As part of the #MadeToMove campaign, our friends at Lucozade Sport have created some excellent video's to give you strength and conditioning in the build up to your run in September. For more tips and the chance to win prizes, download the Made To Move App here.
Vic Spence: Running Workout Series
Pre-Run stretches to help prevent injury with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some pre-run stretches to help prevent injury. Dynamic warm ups help prevent injury and activate the muscles you will be using during your run. This allows your body to jump into action quicker. Here are some key warm up stretches you should do before any run, whatever the distance.
Tri Plane Hamstring Stretch
Single Leg Glute Bridges
Lunge with twist
TIP: warm up stretches should always be dynamic!
Post-Run stretches to help you complete those important training runs with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some post-run stretches to help you complete through important training runs. Static stretching will allow your muscles to remain flexible and injury free. Hold each of the below exercises for 30 seconds each. Repeat if necessary
TIP: static stretching should be reserved for post-exercise only.
Metabolic Conditioning exercises to teach your body how to handle fatigue with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some metabolic conditioning exercises to boost your fitness levels. MetCon circuits are a great way to teach your body how to handle fatigue and are extremely beneficial to your fitness levels. Suggested sets: X4
TIP: always keep moving - it will be worth it in the end!
Strength Training for your legs to help you become stronger and more efficient with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some strength training exercises for your legs. Strength training helps aid injury prevention and allows you to become stronger and efficient on your training runs. Developing power will increase speed which will overcome important once you start attempting to beat your race PB.
TIP: focus on form and technique before being tempted to add any weight.
Strength Training for your arms and back with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some strength training exercises for your arms and back. Arm and back work is extremely important when training for a race. When you stride, your arms help propel your body forward taking the pressure off your legs. This will also allow you to run further in the correct form. Suggested sets X3
TIP: don't neglect your arms and back. They're just as important as your legs are.
Single Leg Loading exercises to help improve balance and work your core with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some single lef loading exercises. This allows you to work your non-dominant running lef as hard as your dominant running leg which will improve your balance and strengthen your core. It also helps speed up the rehabilitation process after injury. Suggested: X10 each leg X3 sets
TIP: single leg work is also great for balance, so make sure you engage your core!
Strength Training for your core to help form on longer runs with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some strength training exercises for your core helping you to improve form whilst running. When training for longer runs, core becomes extremely important as when you start to fatigue, your form begins to compromise. The more we train and the stronger we become, the longer we can run with good form and reduce the chances of injury. Suggested reps below X3 rounds
TIP: actively think about engaging your core during each exercise and you'll really feel the burn.
Yoga stretches for recovery and injury prevention with Vic Spence
Lucozade Sport ambassador Vic Spence has pulled together some yoga stretches for recovery post training and injury prevention. Yoga improves strength in many muscles around your body which reduces risk of injury. Holding poses in yoga can help increase balance and strength in core and legs. Yoga is also great for the hamstrings and lower back and it has a massive effect on the hip flexors which is a common injury for runners. Hold each pose for 30 seconds
TIP: remember to breathe!