Leg Swings for Runners

Leg swings are a very common exercise to see runners doing. Often it seems like it’s just a way to fidget and kill time — but done correctly they can be really beneficial.


Used as a pre-run activity, leg swings can be part of a dynamic warmup that uses the range of motion that you need to run fast.


Post-run they are a great exercise to help return the muscle fibers to their original, pre-shortened length. It’s an easy way to work on maintaining range of motion when done consistently.


Each of the variations shown in the video target different areas, so make sure to include them all!


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