Running Single Leg Warm-Up Exercise

What should you do right before you run? What if youโ€™re short on time? Look no further than this quick activation drill targeting the glutes for the single leg and lateral stability we need in running! Watch the entire video to understand which side is getting targeted the MOST depending which direction you kick your leg, can you take a guess? Even though running tends to be in a straight line, it produces sideways and rotational forces on our body. Our glutes contribute to lateral stability, which work against these forces. If we are about to jump into a run rather quickly, we want to get these muscles activating to help stabilize our torso, pelvis, hips, knees, and even our feet! Preferably using a resistance band, perform this exercise on both sides for a total of five minutes with rest as needed. You should feel a glute pump prior to starting your run!
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