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Recent Exercise Q&A

Q: I’ve read lots of articles that recommend weight lifting for runners. What are your recommendations?

B.H., AVON LAKE, OHIO

reA: I do a lot of total-body strength conditioning, even during my racing season. The program I follow was developed for me by Phil and Jim Wharton, who wrote The Wharton Strength Book. Their book is easy to follow, and the exercises they recommend don’t require a lot of equipment. They explain how many sets to do and how much weight to lift.

The most important muscles to work on are your stabilizer muscles, which include your hips, glutes, lower back, and inner and outer thighs. You also need to strengthen your lower abdominals. If these muscles are strong, you’ll maintain good running form even when you become tired. As you draw closer to your big competitions, back …