The Best Cross-Training Moves for Trail Runners

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Squat Jumps

Running is a high-impact sport that’s made all the more challenging with varied terrain. “On flat surfaces your knees and ankles have two to three times your bodyweight in force put through them with every stride,” Wilcock says. “On a trail descent, the force is much higher.” Squat jumps allow you to mimic the increase in force in a controlled environment, ultimately building knee stability and power at the same time. Start by performing two to three sets of eight to 10 repetitions, landing each jump as softly as you can.

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