When I first started at Ferris State seven years ago, I was introduced to a part of my body called a “core”. I had no idea what this meant; in high school all I had ever done was run. Other than messing around on a few machines at the gym, and playing with a medicine ball from time to time, there was no consistency with my supplemental exercises.
As you know now, I am the queen of doing “the little things” to make sure I am ready for race day. For six years I did 12-14 minutes almost every day; variations of planks, crunches, and other ab exercises that would strengthen my core. This would make my running form better….which would lead to me running more efficient….efficient running=faster running.
Around a year ago, all motivation disappeared for core strengthening. Doing abs became a chore. If you said “Lets do Abs!”, I would respond with “ugh”. I ended up only doing abs around twice per month, finding various excuses of why I missed yet another day of it.
This summer I realized this needed to change, but I had worn out those exercises from college, and it was time for something new.
By only doing a few minutes of planks, followed by these exercises I am going to share with you, you can strengthen your core even better than you would with crunches and scissors. And whats even better, is that it can be done in under 8 minutes!
All you need, is a full length foam roller, and some concentration. This will also help remove the association of a foam roller with pain….this wonderful runner toy is still making you better, just with a burning sensation, rather than a muscle exploding!
Just incase you wanted to see my awkwardness in person!
I explain the exercises on my youtube channel, which you can find through the following links:
After you have watched the videos, you can print these out as prompts to help you.
After doing this, I feel it more in my lower abs, you know that deep part that tends to be the only part that never firms up….the part that stores those extra cookies you should not have consumed? I really feel a difference in strength in this area, and it also strengthens your hips, which we have all learned recently are critical in your success as a runner.
Hoepfully these help get you out of your core rut, just like they have for me.
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What core exercises do you do? Ever feel burned out from certain exercises to where they become a chore?
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