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4 Strength Training Exercises For Runners

Strength Training Runners Gabriella Greif GG Physical Therapy

Sit down with Gabriella Greif, a licensed physical therapist, as she takes you through four exercises for runners to incorporate into their running program. Each exercise focuses on single leg stability and strength, as well as core control to help assist with running efficiency and performance. All of these exercises can be performed with minimal to no equipment and are designed for you to perform at home!

Perform these 2-3x/week, for a minimum of 2×8 repetitions.

The exercises covered are:

  1. Single Leg Deadlift with Hip Opener
  2. Standing Fire Hydrant to Knee Drive
  3. Weighted Runner’s Heel Raise
  4. Forward/Backwards Walking Lunge with Knee Drive and Trunk Rotation


Gabriella Greif GG Physical Therapy

Gabriella is the founder and owner of GG Physical Therapy. She graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has extensive clinical experience treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries using manual therapy, targeted exercise techniques, and functional training. Gabriella is also certified in Functional Dry Needling. 

Gabriella treats patients of all ages and activity levels. An avid runner herself, Gabriella especially enjoys working with runners and athletes and is also a certified Running Rehabilitation Specialist. 

Gabriella was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She leads an active lifestyle and loves "all things fitness."  Additionally, Gabriella considers herself a local foodie and die-hard Dallas Mavericks fan. After 10 years in Boston, she is thrilled to bring her physical therapy services to her hometown.