Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Core Exercises for Runners

Hello friends and happy hump day!! Today I ran 4 miles and did a quick weight lifting session that consisted of:

Squats 3x10
Bicep curls 3x15
Leg presses 3x10
Dumbbell tricep extensions 3x15
Lunges 10 per leg
Dumbbell flyes
 
Many runners think that by simply running they will improve their running times and become better athletes, however what they fail to realize is that core exercises are an essential part of their training. Core exercises helps prevent injuries, such as back pain and it helps people run faster because they become stronger and better equipped to support their pelvis and hips when they run.
 
It's important to understand that an athlete's "core" isn't just the ab area. The core includes, your back, hamstrings, glutes, obliques and hips.
 
Here are a few standard exercises that many runners do to strengthen their core:
 
 
2. Planks
 
3. Bridge
 
 
 
 
 
The following exercises strengthen the hips and glutes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You should perform these exercises at least two times per week after your running workouts. I would suggest doing about 5 or 6 of them 2-3 times for 1 minute. Give it a try!
 
 
 
Do you perform any of these exercises after you run?
 
 
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I am grateful for the gifts I
received at work today for baby Myles.
 
 
 

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