Getting faster at running: improved performance with Bauerfeind Sports
With the right training and equipment, you can run faster and for longer. Your performance while running is heavily dependent on the fitness of your leg muscles. In addition to your calves and gluteal muscles, your thigh muscles are particularly important. By doing strength training and wearing Sports Compression Sleeves, you can improve your performance and achieve your goals more quickly.
Find out more about the function of your thigh muscles, how you can train them, and how Bauerfeind’s Upper Leg Sleeves can help you run faster.
The thigh muscles: are they ready for your run?
It is important to know that the leg muscles make it possible to stand upright. Depending on the activity, several muscle groups are active. You need strong and well-trained thigh muscles to allow you to run faster and for longer.
Three exercises to strengthen your thigh muscles
Studies show the advantages of regular strength training for running economy. When muscles use oxygen more efficiently, you can run faster and for longer. Strength training also prevents injuries. Even trained athletes make more use of one leg than the other while running. This can result in muscular imbalance which compromises your performance and makes you more prone to injuries.
That is why it is useful to train each leg individually. Otherwise, the stronger leg will always support the weaker leg – and the imbalance increases because of the strengthening exercises.
- One-legged squats to generate more power
Squats are among the most important basic exercises for runners. They are also used for rehabilitation after a sports injury. The squat works on the calves, thighs, and glutes.
Standing on one leg, slightly bend your knee to about 50 degrees. Then push yourself up to stand straight again. When doing this exercise, your hips must remain straight, and the knee you are bending has to be vertically above the supporting foot.
Do the one-legged squat on alternate sides with ten repetitions and two sets. Slowly increase the number of repetitions later, and do three sets.
- Heel lifts to generate more power and control
Stand on the edge of a step. The balls of your feet carry your entire body weight, with the heels overhanging the edge. Now stand on tiptoes. Lift one foot off the ground and return the heel of the other foot to the starting position.
Carry out this exercise on alternate sides, initially with ten repetitions and two sets, then 15 repetitions and three sets.
- Lunges to generate maximum power
The lunge is an intense strengthening exercise that uses every muscle during a leg work-out. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Put your hands behind your head, and make one big step forwards. Now lower your body as far as possible, keeping your back as straight as possible. The knee at the back almost touches the floor. From this position, push yourself back up to standing, and repeat the exercise with the other leg.
Initially do ten repetitions and two sets, advanced athletes do 15 repetitions and three sets.
Two warm-up exercises – running for longer with the right preparation
Before running, you should always warm up briefly to prevent injuries. A dynamic warm-up also strengthens the thigh muscles and makes the Achilles tendon more flexible. You should carry out the following exercises before every training session.
- The goose step
Whilst standing upright, lift up your leg in a goose step movement to your hip (or as high as possible), with the leg being straight. At the same time, stretch out the opposite arm toward your foot. Then change sides. Repeat the exercise ten times on each side, and do two sets.
- The straddle
Stand in a wide straddling position. Bend one knee and transfer your weight to the other side. Lean forwards with your upper body and touch your foot with the opposite hand. The return to the starting position and bend the other knee. Repeat the exercise ten times on each side, and do two sets.
Getting faster at running – with Bauerfeind Sports Compression Sleeves Upper Leg
For increased performance, wear Upper Leg Sleeves while running. These lightweight, durable, and easy-care thigh sleeves are breathable and strengthen your thigh muscles while running. The highly elastic knitted fabric enables regulated compression, stimulating circulation and increasing oxygen supply to the thigh muscles. This means more efficient muscle performance with better endurance, less fatigue and quicker recovery times. With your freed-up energy reserves, you can achieve a new top performance, while the function of the Compression Sleeves Upper Leg protects your thigh muscles against excessive strain and injury.