Runner's World

FIND YOUR POWER

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IMPROVING your run times, the obvious come to mind: speedwork, hills, strength-training. What is often overlooked? Power. Adding the right mix of plyometrics—explosive, energy-honing exercises—to your training can make your usual miles feel like you’ve switched to warp-speed mode.

“Plyometrics are great for converting strength into speed and explosive power,” says Adam Rosante, strength and performance coach and founder of the Montauk Barbell Club. The movements help runners cover more ground with each foot strike, reinforce minimal ground contact, and promote full extension with every stride, like when you’re running all-out, he adds.

But most people don’t understand what

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