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Planktastic-Core

In Beach, Fitness, Running, San Diego on October 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

If you’re a runner, you definitely understand the importance of a strong core. Agree? Agreed. Now, some people hear ‘core’ and think of those stubborn abdominal muscles. When I refer to my core, I’m referring to not just my abs, but also my back, glutes, and legs. It all needs to be strong. Our core supports daily activities along with physical activities/exercise.

I have a few favorite core moves that I incorporate daily in to my routines. I thought I would post my top 5 (as of right now, it does change). A few things to consider when working your abs and core. Always remain in neutral alignment, keeping your abs contracted (sucked in) and butt down. Hands are usually about shoulder-width apart. I love plank workouts…what better way to strengthen your core and work on flexibility and balance at the same time?

Plank-2-spidey:

Plank-to-spidey

Hand-release push-ups:

Hand-release push-ups – just like a regular push-up except you are coming all the way down, release hands, then push back up.

Plank Cross-unders:

Plank cross-unders. Knee to opposite elbow.

Mtn. Climbers:

Mtn. climbers – adds a little cardio interval in the mix.

Plank toe-taps:

Plank toe-taps

Just a few core exercises I’ve been doing lately. My favorite being the plank toe taps, it gets your HR pumping, especially if you add a plank jack in to the mix.

Oh, guess who joined the shaker/blender world??

GNC’s Pro-sculpt, pre-run fuel.

Did a 3.5 mile beach run this morning, which was no joke because the tide was high or at least seemed that way because they had the sand banked up. So I was either in the soft sand or at an incline. It was stupid really. But I got it done in 30 minutes, which gave me an 8:34 pace. Not bad for sand. Heading out again tonight for another 4 miler with my group…trying to prepare and train for Ragnar Relay!

Disclaimer: Consult your Dr. before trying new exercise programs/moves. If at any time you are in pain, discontinue the exercise. I’m sharing my personal exercises, if you choose to try them, you do so at your own risk. 

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