The weathers getting better! So if you are someone who enjoys running, or are training for a Marathon, it is very important to create a well-balanced program to prevent injury or burnout.
Runners can be known for having over-use injuries, as well as muscle imbalances from working only one plane of motion. Below are my top favourite group fitness classes to add into your training routine. These will keep your training fun, and most importantly, well balanced!
This Strength based class is key to working through those muscle imbalances. It will push you out of your comfort zone, and allow you to become stronger not only physically, but mentally. This class is a full body workout that will be sure to take you out of your comfort zone.
Yoga has MULTIPLE benefits for runners. Some, but not all, include:
- Improving strength in underused and supporting muscles used when running.
- Increases flexibility and allows you to run at ease while working on loosening up muscles, joints and ligaments
- Supports mental health! Sometimes all it takes is mental strength and focus to get you to that finish line. Strengthening the mind is just as important as the body
If you’re short on time and can’t fit in too many classes, total360 is for you! A well-balanced class of cardio, strength, core and stretch is a great one-stop-shop for runners.
Indoor cycling classes
Even though cycling is primarily a cardio based class (like running) it is great for runners as it is low impact. It allows you to take stress off the joints that runners get (especially running on pavement). It will also help improve your endurance and stamina, as well as strengthen other muscles in the legs that may be under-utilized while running.