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Masterclass -SQUATS & CRUNCHES

IN THE FIRST OF A NEW SERIES, FITNESS EDITOR ANNE-MARIE LATEGAN SHOWS YOU HOW TO PERFECT SOME CLASSIC STRENGTH MOVES, WHICH WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER, MORE INJURY-RESISTANT RUNNER

WORKOUT

SQUAT

Squats are very important for runners. It is a weight-bearing exercise, which helps you to increase the strength in your leg muscles. By increasing in strength, your muscles become more efficient with oxygen consumption. This will also help you to create more speed and cope better with hills.

EASY SQUAT

Muscles: Front and back thighs, bottom (quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes)

Technique:

• Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your toes pointing out to 45 degrees

• Bend both knees to perform a squat

• Lower until your thighs are parallel with the floor

• Keep your back straight and look forwards

• Straighten your legs and return to the starting position

Watch points:

Don’t let your knees move further forwards than your toes.

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Get fit quick with the September issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll help you find focus in your running with our four-week plans for mini running goals, from smashing out a parkrun PB to shifting a few pounds to trying your first triathlon. Bit pushed for time thanks to the kids? Our busy mums’ training guide will show you how to squeeze in a few runs - and we’ve got the lowdown on the best running buggies you can buy, too. Find out how to run well for life with our expert guide to running skills, and be inspired to try for a sub-three-hour marathon - our cover star Gemma Hockett believes anyone can do it! Find all this plus the usual advice, inspiration and kit reviews for trail and road.