Strength and Prehab: Core Exercise #1

This is the second post in a series providing strengthening prehab exercises. I am not a certified running coach or a physical therapist — just someone recommending exercises that have helped me become a stronger runner and ward off possible injury. Who else gets bored of the same old strengthening routines? Check out my first post on the myrtl exercise.

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One of the most surprising parts of training for me is my new-found appreciation for core exercises. I’ve never been a fan. I think it started with my distaste for crunches. They hurt my neck. And I associate them with teenage girls trying to slim their stomachs for bikini season (motivated more by fitting in than core strength). I didn’t like them then, and I didn’t like them now but working through core exercises with my running coach last fall made me feel like I was strengthening my abdominal muscles for a higher purpose than looking great on the beach (which can be a great motivator – I’m not here to judge!).

We also did so much more than crunches! Sure, I was subjected to abs-screaming-in-pain work that made me want to apologize to my body for the discomfort but ultimately made me feel like this pain had plans for me. I was going to turn into a strong runner one day. It didn’t hurt that I started to get better at them too. There are few things as satisfying as feeling you crush that workout you almost couldn’t finish at the very start. I could feel the improvement.

However, it is easy to get tired of doing the same old strengthening exercises each week so I thought I’d share I started working into my training last week. Try this for 30 seconds and increase the time slowly as it becomes easier.

What kind of core exercises do you rely on? How many times a week do you try to do core exercises during the week?

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