Add a twist to key exercises

Boost your running performance with these simple exercise tweaks.



Squats

The twist: Lift one leg

Stand with arms out in front of you. Extend your left leg in front of you and lower yourself into a squat. Pause, then slowly push
yourself up to standing. Check your knee doesn’t turn inward. Do three sets of 15 reps per leg.

Leg lift

The twist: Add an arm swing

Stand with your arms at your sides. Lift your right knee as high as you can and swing your left arm forward until it’s parallel to the floor. Repeat on the other side. Quickly alternate sides for one minute; rest and repeat twice.

Lunges

The twist: Add a jump

Lunge forwards with your left leg. Swinging your arms in a running action, jump up and switch legs to land in a right-leg-forward lunge. Jump and return to the left-leg-forward position. Do three sets of 15 reps.

Planks

The twist: Add a leg swing

Holding a plank position (resting your weight on your forearms and toes, with abs pulled in), lift your right toes off the ground and swing your right leg to the side. Return to the start and perform on the other side. Do 15 reps on each leg; rest and repeat twice.


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