Performance training programs for runners have changed over the past decade. Today’s best runners have shifted from logging just their hours, to organizing medium and long runs with cross-training and mobility sessions. Lateral movement-based exercises need to be added to every runner’s training regiment. Linear athletes, like runners are prone to overusing the quadriceps and various types of injuries may result like ‘runner’s knee’ (patellofemoral pain), achilles tendinitis and IT Band Syndrome. Although it is not possible to fully prevent injuries from happening, lateral based exercises can mitigate the opportunity for these types of injuries to occur.
- X-walks (banded lateral movement)
- Lateral skips with strong arm action
- Lateral shuffle with resistance
- Lateral moving dynamic stretch kicks