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Five exercises that'll make you a faster runner:

Trail running enlists different muscles than road running, which creates different needs for strengthening. The uneven nature of a trail, the ups and downs, and the challenges created by the varied terrain all call for different sources of power. Whether you're an elite-level trail runner, or someone who just likes to get out on the dirt once in a while, these five exercises recommended by Boulder, Colorado-based physical therapist and accomplished trail runner, Charlie Merrill , can make you stronger, faster, and more comfortable on the trail. Merrill recommends doing each of these moves two to three times a week, and stopping each exercise when good form is no longer being achieved, or to the point of fatigue, before moving on to the next set. Ass to Grass Overhead Squat (OHS) WHY: Trail runners need a lot of power—through a large range of motion—to run fast and efficien...

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