Running is the most popular type of workout for people in lockdown and if you want to get better at it, try this at-home glute and core workout from ultra runner and Red Bull athlete Tom Evans (opens in new tab). Better still, apart from getting fitter, you could also build muscle with this quick indoor workout for runners.
"Running has been a go-to form of exercise for many during this period of enforced lockdown" – Tom explains – "but if you’re looking to take your running to the next level it may be worth involving some strength and conditioning exercises. Building strength in your core and legs can lead to greater power, endurance and can help avoid injuries."
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Tom recommends doing some stationary jogs to get the heart rate up a bit before you get into performing the best indoor workout for runners circuit. Feel free to mix things up with some butt kicks or knee ups. As Tom explains:
"Start this workout with a light jog for 3-5 minutes. Then stretch your leg muscles with classic dynamic stretches like leg swings, side lunges, butt kicks, etc. Finish up the warmup with another jog of 2-3 minutes, speeding up over the last period to a decent speed."
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Best indoor workout for runners
Single leg glute bridge
Reps: 3 x 30 second holds each side
Lie on your back and bend your knees so your feet rest flat on the floor. Then raise one leg until it is stretched out straight. Drive the heel of the foot still grounded into the floor and push your hips up until your body is in a straight line from your shoulders to the toes of your outstretched foot. This is a great exercise for glute strength and activation, especially if you spend lots of time sitting down.
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Single leg deadlift
Reps: 3 x 12-15 reps each side
Stand on your right leg, which should be nice and straight with a soft bend in the knee. Begin to drive your left foot back, keeping your leg straight. Simultaneously, slowly start hinging at the waist, tipping your torso forward.
At the bottom of the position, your body should be in a straight line from the top of your head to the bottom of your left foot. Then, begin pulling your left leg forward while keeping it straight, and lift your torso up until you’re standing. This is especially good for strengthening hamstring, hips and core. Great for speed and hills.
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Reps: 3 x 30 seconds each side
Lie on your right side, legs extended and the elbow of your right arm directly under your shoulder. Lift your hips and knees forming a straight in line with no sagging or bending. This is great for core strength and stability if you take your running off concrete paths and onto the trails.
Toe and heel walk
Reps: 3 x 30 seconds on toes and 30 seconds on heels
Standing tall and straight as you possible can come up on your toes and take really small controlled steps forward keeping your calves really activated and firing. When you’ve gone as far forward as your space allows you then turn around and in the same controlled manner take small steps but on your heels this time.
Tom Evans is a Red Bull athlete. To find more about how Tom uses Red Bull as part of his training and racing visit the RedBull website (opens in new tab).