Split Squat: The BEST Way to Prevent Runner's Knee and Hip Pain

How many of us have ever *secretly* thought this about a leg strength routine with 1000x squat variations:

"I'm not 100% confident on what I'm doing or why I'm doing these.

I don't even know if I'm doing this right…"

Or what about this one:

"I'm doing all these different squats from a youtube video made by a running coach. But why do my knees hurt and why am I still getting injured? Do these do anything?"

Wouldn't it be nice to skip that part?

Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly what type of squat runners should be doing?

Heck, what about the BEST strength exercises for runners with knee pain?

Or Hip pain?

OR ITB syndrome?

You're in the right place, runner.

Over the next few weeks we're going to dive into the Literature together and see what science has to say about the BEST strength exercises for runners to keep you injury and pain free.

(Yep, we're looking at you knee pain, ITB syndrome, hip pain…)

But guess what?

You're probably already doing a lot of them...or variations of them.

But do you know the potential mistakes you're making and how to fix them?

Because knowing what to do, is different than doing the thing correctly.


And being able to self-correct along the way.

See where we're going with this?

So let's Dare to Train Differently, running fit fam and get real, get in it, and start making our strength work count rather than going through the motions.

SQUATS: Both Legs or 1 Leg?

Let's cut the chase here…

Pretty sure we all know what a squat with 2 legs looks like.

But have you heard of a single leg squat vs. a split squat?

Do you know HOW they're different?

Check out these examples below.

Single Leg Squat (yes, this is also called a Bulgarian split Squat..)