These Classes Will Make You a Better Runner

While putting in the extra mileage may help you meet your goals and complete race training programs, it’s better to balance out your sweat calendar to include some super important types of cross-training. Not only will building strength and flexibility improve your speed, it will also help prevent injuries when you’re pounding the pavement so often. Here’s what to add to your workout regimen, stat: 

Class Type: Barre
Why: Focusing on high repetitions and body weight-based strength training can do amazing things for your running ability. Work your core-stabilizing muscles, get into some of those lower body muscles you don’t use on a daily basis, and watch your running ability (and form!) improve as the weeks fly by.

Studio Recommendations:
Barre Fitness (Tampa)
Hilliard Studio Method (Charlotte)
The Bar Method – Winter Park (Orlando Metro)
Pure Barre – Dublin (Columbus)


Class Type: Resistance training
Why: Strength training is key when it comes to running. Without a solid muscular foundation, it’s impossible to improve your running speed or stay injury-free. Regular weight training a couple of times a week can vastly improve your running ability in as little as six weeks.

Studio Recommendations:
BodySmith Training  Gyms – Logan Circle (Washington, D.C.)
Equilibrium (London)
Art & Strength – Nottingham (Baltimore Metro)


Class Type: High-Intensity Interval Training
Why: These types of classes help build cardiovascular strength and help recover faster. Speed training is one of the best ways to lower your mile time, given the short recovery windows and bursts of speed to challenge your limits.

Studio Recommendations:
Edge Performance Training (Charlotte)
SynergyRx Sproing Sport – Columbia (Baltimore Metro)
HIIT Fitness (Vancouver)
Elevate Interval Fitness (Washington, D.C.)


Class Type: Rowing
Why: Rowing not only builds strength, it also helps increase leg strength without the impact. That’s because it trains you to generate power from your glutes and hamstrings, which helps you stay injury-free as a runner.

Studio Recommendations:
City Row (New York)
RowWorx – Long Beach (Los Angeles Metro)


Class Type: Yoga
Why: Yoga focuses on building balance and muscle flexibility, both of which are needed to help build the foundation for running. Core stability and flexibility will allow you to maintain your running calendar injury-free.

Studio Recommendations:
Acorn Yoga (Boston)
Darling Yoga – Overland Park (Kansas City Metro)
Balance Body Box (Miami)

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspo.