6 Strength Moves Every Runner Needs

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Run Faster, Farther, Longer
If running's your thing, it can't be your only thing if you want to be fit. Your miles can burn off a burrito or two and clear your mind after a ... more 
Photo by: Thinkstock
Run Faster, Farther, Longer
If running's your thing, it can't be your only thing if you want to be fit. Your miles can burn off a burrito or two and clear your mind after a stressful day, but skipping strength and upper-body training can keep you from the sexy shoulders, strong arms, and overall healthy image you're after-and it can keep you from running your fastest.

"You arms set the tone: The faster your arms are, the faster your legs are going to be," says Dan Ownes, owner of Hyper Fit Training in Wall, New Jersey, and a coach for the Full Throttle Endurance triathlon team in New York. And it's not just speed-arm swing keeps propelling you forward, and fatiguing up top can end your run prematurely. "When your shoulders get tired, your legs slow down."

Keep yourself moving forward-and toward your race and physique goals-with these six strength exercises that will make you a faster, longer runner and a fitter you.

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Wed, Mar 6, 2013 10:36 AM EST
by Greg Presto