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How Do I Run Faster? - 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Strengthening Your Arms As A Runner

Hey Everyone! Thank you for checking in on another one of my blog posts. I have been trying to be a little more tactical with these and give out more of the tips and tricks that I not only use myself but also implement (with success) for my clients and patients, quickly and easily.

Running is a predominantly lower extremity activity that can be easily completed by people of any level of fitness or competitive level. The main goal most people have is to continue to improve at...well...running. This usually means trying to complete your select or favorite distance at a time that is faster than what you have done in the past. The act of challenging yourself in this way becomes very gratifying on two accounts. #1 You achieved something that before you were not able to and #2 you are happy with the work you put in to get there.

We get to a point however, when running at a faster pace or even running more efficiently (if that's something you are looking to accomplish) becomes marginal and harder to get than it used to. You have tried many things. You even tried changing your shoes to lighter ones in the hopes of shedding off even a couple of seconds to your 5k time!

One simple and easy way we can begin to make you faster and more efficient as an athlete in essence does not cost you any extra (unless you really want it to). This involves STRENGTHENING YOUR ARMS.

What do you mean I need to strengthen my arms? Why do I need to do such a thing? I am not running with my arms? How does that help me?...Let's explain:


Let's not get it twisted...We are not strengthening here to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger and get massive. The purpose is not to be bulky. It is to make you strong w