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The aim of this routine is to improve balance and activation of the core muscles.

Running is a series of single-leg movements which require good balance and control of the core and hips. That control helps to maintain posture, prevent injury, and improve running efficiency – ultimately allowing you to get faster.

The key here is train ‘smarter’. Doing this routine three to four times per week will help you reap the running rewards in just a few weeks.


Perform the exercises as a circuit. Do the whole circuit three times with 1min rest between each circuit. You can increase the difficulty with a stronger resistance band and by catching a ball when balancing.


The squat is the most basic movement that any runner needs to do well. This version puts the emphasis into using your glutes for better hip stability.

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Here comes the sun! And with it, lots of blokes in shorts too short and vests too tight. The sunshine will, inevitably, be gone in a flash, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t capitalise on your renewed sunny disposition by, say, signing yourself up to one of the 100 events featured in this issue's Ultimate Race Guide – featuring 5Ks, ultramarathons and everything in-between. Elsewhere, urban-running contributor Scott Cain looks at the need for all runners – particularly in big cities – to take note of their local air quality; Jim Old meets a man who, fresh from completing the 'triple seven', has had quite the week; Michael Donlevy explores the link between pre-race nerves and increased risk of injury; and Simon Ward looks at the all-abilities-welcome approach of the modern running club. All that, plus the usual training tips, kit reviews, race reports and running news in your July issue of Men’s Running