So I decided to make a second workout video, this time about core fitness , called my CORE 5 Workout For Runners. It accompanies my first video Hip Strengthening For Runners, that I made last year. Michael got me a new camera and video editing equipment for my birthday, so I've been going a little "production crazy". (My audio skills really needs work -sorry. PLUS, I TRIED TO PROOF IT FEW TIMES, BUT IF YOU SEE A TEXT TYPE, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW - THANK YOU)
I hate, hate, hate, hate, core work. But I have to admit, one of the key components to running over 3,000 miles the last few years has been increased core strength. It has simply made those late miles in a long run much easier when I'm not fighting stomach or back pain, and still holding good running form. Yeah, as much as I hate it, I force myself to do it ... because it works.
So, a few years ago, I developed what I call my CORE 5 workout that I do it almost every weekday before my run. It takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on how much I do that day. It consists of 5 groups of core exercises that have really made a difference in my endurance and just my overall strength and conditioning.
Here is why I like it and why it works for me ... it's like a daily salad bar of core exercises. I pick and chose what I want to do each day. By dividing some of my favorite core exercises into different target groups, I ensure that a core muscle group doesn't get neglected. Knowing that I can change up the workout each day has kept me interested, and worked different muscles so I'm not just doing the same repetitive motions day after day. Here is what it basically consists of ...
Group 1 ... Hip
Group 2 ... Crunches
Group 3 ... Planks
Group 4 ... Chest & Shoulders
So that's it ... my CORE 5 Workout as I call it. If you don't incorporate core work into your normal routine, I would really encourage it ... it has made a huge difference for me and kept me much healthier. Have a great weekend!
... be great today!