Runner’s Exercise Snapshot: Split Squat

Runner’s Exercise Snapshot: Split Squat

By Brittney Thornton-Doran



Split Squat Description

Well, it’s about that time. Pull out your runners, dust off your rain proof breathable jacket, and warn your dog. The season of the 5k, 10k, half marathon, etc. has begun! For the next month the members of KE will be gearing up for the Big Backyard 5K on June 11th. In honor of that we want to give everybody some cross-training tips to keep you strong and injury free this summer. Our first exercise is the barbell split squat.

Split Squat Steps

1.      With the bar on your back, firmly held by both hands

2.      Step out into a lunge-like position: feet hip width, one foot in front of you and the other behind you. This distance will vary for each person, depending on height

3.      In a controlled manner, drop your back knee straight down to the floor. Either tap the floor gently or hover just above it

4.      Return back up to standing

5.      Repeat all reps on one leg before switching to the other

You might be asking yourself, why is it called a split squat and not a lunge? There is no stepping in this movement, the static nature makes it a split squat instead of a lunge.

This exercise is great for stability, leg strength, joint range of motion, and core control; all things runners need! Stay tuned for more cross training tips for runners.


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