Medicine Ball Exercises for Runners

Improving as a runner requires a commitment to a certain level of regular training. To take full benefit from your training, it’s important not to solely focus on running, but also address the associated strength, balance, coordination and flexibility factors that allow you to become a better all-round athlete. Medicine ball exercises for runners are an excellent method of working on all of the above factors at once.

Due to the unrestricted, multiplanar motion of the medicine ball, it allows your body to move in a natural and functional way, closely reproducing many of the same montions as running. The trunk motions of flexion, extension and rotation, which the body needs to control when running can be trained well with medicine ball exercises for runners, as can strength and power in the hips. Your Abdominals, Glutes, Hip Flexors and Hamstrings, to name just a few muscle groups, will all get a good workout with a suitable medicine ball program.

Jay from the Running Times added this great video to YouTube, showing some medicine ball exercises for runners that you can easily incorporate into your weekly routine.

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About The Author 

James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.



  • Thanks, I love this med ball video you posted, I embedded it in my marathon training blog. Some of the med ball workouts are really tough, I didn’t manage them myself.

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  • Amazing video. Well shot and fantastic that those clearly talented athletes were willing to show how even great people struggle. I have been looking for something to build in to my tri training as a strenght workout without going to the gym. This is it!

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