Running Strength Exercises: Lateral Leg Raises

Running strength exercises should focus on two things:


  1. Improving your efficiency and running economy
  2. Helping to prevent injury


So when thinking about what strength exercises to do, it’s helpful to focus on exercises that target areas that don’t get worked quite as much as they should when you’re running.


The “external rotator” muscles on the side of your hip are a great example of this. The lateral leg raise targets these muscles and helps to make sure that your hips are strong 360 degrees around.


Check out the video for the correct form and add it to your core / strength routine to help avoid IT band issues and improve your efficiency while running.


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