Many runners are eager for the change of scenery that trail running provides. But sidestepping rocks and roots and navigating twists and turns doesn’t just make for an exciting workout—it also puts your balance and strength to the test. These moves from Charlie Merrill, a physical therapist in Boulder, Colorado, will prepare your body to handle the terrain of the path less traveled.
Works key running muscles while building power and stability
Start in a lunge position with equal weight on both legs. Jump straight up into the air and land with your feet in opposite positions, and immediately lower down into a lunge. Do three sets of 20 reps, alternating legs on each jump. (Want more great all-around strength moves? Check out the New IronStrength Workout for Runners by Runner’s World.)
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