What can a distance runner do outside the weight room to increase fitness?

Other than doing weight training circuits in the weight room, distance runners can do core circuits to improve their core stability, posture, and strength.  Medicine ball training is a great way to improve total-body fitness, strength, mobility, and power by strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body. Hurdle mobility (walking over and under hurdles) is a great way to improve range of motion, balance, and stability, while strengthening the muscles in the lower back, legs, and hips. General strength exercises, such as push-ups, lunges, and burpies also help improve total-body fitness, strength, and flexibility.

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