Strengthening the hips and glutes is one of the best injury prevention measures a runner can take and Modus is a great option.
The strength training you obtain in your Modus class helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues.
Our peak running season is just around the corner, while some run year around, most wait until the temperatures and road conditions are more favorable. One of the biggest mistakes many runners make when starting back up or training for a race, is increasing their mileage too soon, and not spending enough time strengthening their entire body. Without a having a strong well balanced body you will not perform to your potential, but more importantly you risk injury.
"Strengthening the hips and glutes is one of the best injury prevention measures a runner can take."
Studies indicate that having strong hips and glutes is one of the best preventive tools a runner can have. For example, patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as runner’s knee) can be caused by hip dysfunction - weak or tight hips cause compensations elsewhere that can result in knee and even ankle injuries. Given that runners tend to experience alarmingly high injury rates, it is imperative to incorporate exercises that increase strength and stability. Your hips and glutes help to properly stabilize the motion throughout the duration of your run, if they aren’t strong then you will not only be inefficient, but you will also likely find yourself injured at some point.
Improving hip strength and stability needs to be high on the priority list if you want to improve as a runner.
The stronger you get, the more resilient your body will become to the demands of running, that is why Modus is such a perfect compliment to hitting the pavement. The strength training you obtain in your Modus class helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues. So the next time you hear “grip your glutes” in class there really is a method to the madness!