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The Best Muscles To Strengthen For Running – FHL & Tibialis Anterior

The next accessory muscle group to be aware of in the lower extremity is tibialis anterior. Tibialis anterior is a dorsiflexor of the ankle meaning it pulls your toes towards your knees (along with the extensor group). Increased speed and force of dorsiflexion will shorten the lever arm of the recovering leg during sprinting. This means that the quicker the ankle can go into dorsiflexion, the quicker the leg can get through into the next stride. This will obviously increase stride frequency. This dorsiflexion ability is even more important if athletes have to run on uneven surfaces like sand or grass.  Machine dorsiflexion exercises are the best way of training this function but you can also use a low cable.     From an injury point of view, if you have disfunction (whether it be strength or poor soft tissue) with tibialis anterior you are more at risk of chronic ankle sprains and shin splints which are all common conditions in runners. It can also lead to hyperpronation symptoms and when you have impaired dorsiflexion function, the lumbar spine has to go through more range of motion during each recovery phase of your stride as described here. (link to FMS)   The last lower extremity muscle that we really want to be aware of is the flexor hallucis longus (FHL). This muscle has a vital role to play in proprioception of the foot, propulsion off the ground and making sure too much pronation does not occur when the foot makes contact with the ground. If these properties are impaired during the stance phase, it will prolong the stance phase... read more

The Best Muscles To Strengthen For Running – Calves

Getting you running quick means getting you strong in all the right muscle groups. For those that have missed it, I have already detailed why lifting weights will not make you slow and the importance of strengthening the hamstrings as knee flexors, the hamstrings as hip extensors and the quadriceps. Now it is time to talk about some of the other muscle groups that will really get you rocketing along; whether you are running a marathon or 100m sprint. The triceps surae is basically the combination of the two heads of the gastrocnemius and the soleus or in non-anatomy talk, the calf! These muscles are responsible for plantarflexion at the ankle and provide vital propulsive forces at the end of the stance phase (remember running can be divided into three basic phases: stance phase or how long you spend on the ground, stride length and stride frequency). The more force the triceps surae can exert on the ground, the greater the ground reaction force is generated. This means you travel further with each stride that of course equals an increase in your stride length and running speed. Triceps surae function is also an important part of the triple extension movement, which is why Olympic lifts are so popular amongst strength & conditioning circles.   The triceps surae also plays a role in injury prevention of the both the ankle and knee. At the ankle it obviously acts on the Achilles tendon and if your strength in the triceps surae is poor or you have a lot of soft tissue problems in that muscle group, you are going to be... read more

The Best Muscles To Strength For Running – Quadriceps

The quadriceps group (as the latin translation suggests) is made up of four muscle heads: vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius and rectus femoris. These muscles primarily extend the knee while the rectus femoris also flexes the hip, which makes it a doubly important muscle for running. If we remember that running speed and endurance is all about improving the three main components of locomotion: stance phase, stride frequency and stride length. The quadriceps will especially help with the stance phase. Rectus femoris (with the help of the other hip flexors and the lower abdominals) will also aid in improving stride frequency by bringing the leg into triple flexion more rapidly. The reason an increase in strength in the quadriceps will help so much with the stance phase is that the quadriceps will now be able to exert more force on the ground with each foot contact. This means the runner will experience greater ground reaction forces and it will propel them forward at a greater pace. This will also indirectly increase stride length, as now you are moving further with each foot contact. Increased strength in the quadriceps will also enable a better ability to handle eccentric loading forces that again means that you will spend less amount of time of in the stance phase. This is very similar to the knee flexors role in the stance phase. Probably the most important muscle of the quadriceps group that runners need to strengthen is the Vastus Medialis. There are two reasons: a) it is normally underdeveloped compared to the other quadriceps due to normal locomotion patterns and the predominant... read more