Video: Toned Legs and Glutes + Pilates Workout for Runners

It’s Friday, and I have a workout video that’s a real butt kicker – seriously, it actually is!

I know we are in the middle of our Plank Challenge, but I’m full of ideas for your spring training. So here is one that I’m sure you’ll love.

I figure, hey, it’s Spring time, the weather is nice and you may be dusting off your running shoes or clip-ins.

During marathon training, I discovered how important it was for me to get my legs conditioned for the long miles with Pilates cross-training.

I started adding some serious hip work to my workouts to get the main and supporting muscles ready for the run.

Without getting too technical, the two main movements in running are flexion (decreasing the angle) of the hip-joint – and extension (increasing the angle) of the hip-joint. Imagine yourself running; you bend one leg in to get ready for take off as the back leg extends to propel you off the ground, and then it bends to come back in.

You get the gist.

This workout routine targets all the muscles that can help you be your running-star-self.

If you are not a runner or a cyclist, this workout is can help you tone pretty much the entire lower body: butt, inner and outer thighs, and even abs will be getting worked!

Who doesn’t want that? I know you do.

Watch the video.

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