Alright, folks, it’s time to shy away from energy-related posts for a bit and discuss some basics around these parts.
Let’s discuss the good old “core training” concept relating to runners.
How many of you think you have a weak core? Raise your hands folks. I know you’ve mentioned it before, whether it be to your friends or your healthcare provider.
I cannot tell you the number of times in a day I hear runners say things such as, “I do core exercises all of the time but I still have back pain” or “My core is so weak, I need ways to strengthen it.”. Sheesh, give yourselves more credit! If you can rock & roll on a run, I promise you that your core isn’t the biggest issue you have. Also, you also don’t need rock hard abs to have a strong core.
Runners LOVE strengthening their abdominals. Why? Well, a stronger lower abdominal wall does help carry over to running performance. Also, most “core strengthening” exercises are body weight related (a runner’s favorite). However, did you know that those simple exercises may not be doing as much for you as you think? Let’s chat.
We all know that many runners avoid weight training like the plague, but what if we made it all simpler for you?
As a runner, you need to remember that your “core musculature” isn’t solely made up of your abdominals. It includes your diaphragm, pelvic floor, gluteals, hip musculature & more. To get stronger means that sometimes you need to lift some external weight from time to time. So how can you help improve your training and strengthen your core? Let’s start with these 5 simple exercises.
Add in these five things and your “core” musculature will thank me later.
As always, if you have any questions, just throw them in the comments below!