If I had to guess, this post will soon become the most popular post on this site. Why? Because the General Strength progression below is the content that I most frequently forward when answering questions on how to improve your running. I put this progression together for Running Times magazine and I think it’s the most valuable work I’ve done for them.
Again, this is meant to be a progressive series. Start with the first video and master these exercises. When you can regularly do the first series without fatigue, then you can add the exercises in the second video, which are slightly more challenging. Once you can do all of the exercises shown in the first two videos, try to do them according to this schedule:
These exercises are best done after training. But if you can’t do them then, find another time during the day to set aside a few minutes for this routine. Your running body will thank you for the small investment in time these exercises ask.
Demonstrating the exercises is Sara Vaughn, who owns PRs of 2:03 for 800m and 4:11 for 1500m.