8 Kettlebell Exercises For Runners To Build A Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell workouts for runners are both a great way to add strength training, core training and cross training. Runners can benefit from the variety of exercise available with kettlebells and can create effective strength workouts for every runner.

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Sean Klein
Published on
12/05/22
Last updated
23/06/22
In This Resource
  • 8 Kettlebell Exercises For Runners
  • Why Kettlebell Workouts Are Beneficial For Runners
  • Health
  • Variety
  • Developing A More Robust Body
  • Improved Performance
  • Common Questions
  • Which Kettlebell Exercises Are Most Effective For Runners?
  • Is Kettlebell Good For Runners?
  • Are Kettlebells Better Than Running?
  • Kettlebell Workout Before Or After Running?
  • Kettlebell Workouts For Endurance Athletes?

Doing some additional strength training alongside your running training can be both beneficial to your health and performance. Resistance training with kettlebells can be a great way to add this into your training plan without needing to go to a crowded gym. Try some of these kettlebell strength exercises in your next workout.

8 Kettlebell Exercises For Runners

Why Kettlebell Workouts Are Beneficial For Runners

Health

The health benefits of resistance training are beneficial even if your already active and participate in running as a hobby or a sport. Its easy to get fixated on performance and put health out the window, but health is the foundation of perfromance so for those alwyas looking to improve performance make sure your doing it upon a solid foundation of health.

Variety

Training variety can be very important for training to be fun and refreshing, particularly after a big event that you have prepared for. If youve perfectly executed your marathon training plan and now its time to take a few months easy training adding some kettlebell work in can be a great addition to a more general preperation cycle rather than a race specific.

Developing A More Robust Body

There is no evidence to show that resistance training prevents injury, that being said, having a strong and capable physique can only play to your advantage especially if your undertaking challening trails in the mountains.

Improved Performance

Increasing strength of your legs may be able to show some slight increases in performance as the strength you can exert in your stride will be greater, this is why some of the best runners in the world incorperate resistance training in their routines.

Common Questions

Which Kettlebell Exercises Are Most Effective For Runners?

This always depends on why the individual is doing the kettlebell resistance training, but that being said, I personally like the Kettlebell A-Stance Hold for Hip and Foot Stability.

Is Kettlebell Good For Runners?

Yes, but there is a very obvious point of diminishing returns that occurs relativly quickly.

Are Kettlebells Better Than Running?

No. No form of exercise is better than the other. Kettlebells are better for strength training, running is better for cardiovascular development. To compare them is non-sensical.

Kettlebell Workout Before Or After Running?

This depends on the difficulty of each part of the workout. If your doing an easy zone 2 run, you could do a difficult strength training before or after. If your doing a tough tempo run doing kettlebell work before may not be very sensible, whatever your doing remeber that your body can’t differenciate the stress of kettlebell training and running, it just perceives it as stress

Kettlebell Workouts For Endurance Athletes?

Kettlebelll workouts for endurance athletes can be done to both improve strength or maintain cardiovascualr abilities in the off season. These workouts should be prepared by the athletes coach as only the coach will know how much volume the athlete can tolerate and what the goals of that specific cycle are.

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