upper body strength exercises for runners

Add these upper body strength moves and become a stronger runner!

It’s no secret that runners train their legs. And understandably so, since they’re the ones who are going to get us through an uphill at Mile 8. We need those strong quads and tireless hamstrings. Our arms, shoulders, and overall upper body strength, though? Well, let’s say as runners, we aren’t exactly known for having muscular upper bodies. We’re here to run, not do curls, lat pulldowns, or other upper body strength moves that are currently trending at the gym.

But heart-shaped calves aside, it’s time to focus on other body parts, even if it’s only a couple of times per week. Those shoulders and arms that you’ve been ignoring can have a significant impact on your running.

Why You Need to Train Your Upper Body

Believe it or not, having upper body strength is essential to your success as a runner.

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