Claire Cason is a Physiotherapist at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. Below she gives us 5 key strength training exercises geared up for runners.

To find out more about Claire, check out her bio here

Strength Exercise 1: Side lunge. 

Start by holding a kettlebell (weight of your choice) in to your chest. Step to the side by bending your knee and pushing your hips backwards into the lunge then step back to return to standing. Repeat on the other side.
*Make sure to keep our knee facing forward over your toes.

Strength Exercise 2: Romanian deadlift on single leg

Start by holding a kettle bell in your opposite hand to the leg you are balancing on. Slightly bend the standing knee and then drop your chest to the floor whilst pushing your hips backwards to feel the stretch in your hamstring muscle, then aim to stand back up again whilst using the hamstring and keeping the back straight. Repeat.

Strength Exercise 3: Hamstring bridge

Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat, and holding the kettlebell on your stomach.. Push down through your heels and lifting up your hips and then lowering back down again and repeat.

Strength Exercise 4: Split squat with shoulder press 

Starting with one leg in from of the other feet shoulder width apart and the back toe tucked under. Hold the kettlebell by your shoulder with your elbow bent. As your bend both your knees with the aim of bringing the back knee towards the floor press the kettlebell over your held to a shoulder press. Return back to the start position and repeat.

Strength Exercise 5: Goblet squat

Start with the kettlebell held in to your chest. Keeping your chest upright lower in to a squat whilst pushing your hips backwards. Standing back up and repeat.


Find out more about the Physiotherapy Services at the Putney Clinic.

To find out Claire Cason’s availability and to book an appointment with her, please see her bio page.

Claire can also be followed on Twitter @clairecason1