Strong to the Finish: Core Strength Routine for Runners
Improving and maintaining core strength is critical for runners to remain injury-free. Those who know me and my coaching style know that I’m a stickler for form and mechanics and I’m certain that proper and sport-specific strength training is one key to staying healthy and holding it together late in a race (even more pertinent the longer the race). Some would even argue that strength training is more important than stretching in terms of injury prevention in our sport. Here are a few of my favorite core/strengthening exercises for running:
Begin with 1-2 sets of 5 repetitions per exercise:
1. Single-Leg Physio Wall-Ball Squats
2. Prone Med-ball Partner Super(wo)man Toss
3. Super(wo)man with Side Twists
4. Forward Plank with Leg Raises
5. Reverse Plank with Leg Raises
6. Bridge Plank with Bent Leg Raises
7. Dolphin Plank with Bent Leg Raises
8. Medicine Ball Wood Chops
You can also put these exercises together in a timed sequence to form a nice circuit-style workout, perhaps one of my favorites! If you are pressed for time this is a great way to get in a solid and effective workout with little to no equipment. You’ll achieve a nice metabolic boost from a workout of this nature which will pay dividends long after your workout is finished.
Keep running happy and strong my friends!