Sunday, July 28, 2013

Core strength is essential for running faster!

 I remember my college days like they were yesterday! Weights in the mornings, workouts in the evenings. Seems like just about everybody on the team had a six pack or close to it. However, the six pack is not a sign of core strength, just an indicator of low body fat.

It is essential that you continually aim to improve your core strength! I can not stress this enough. Your core in addition to your hip flexors are the two things that will carry you through when form starts to break down and fatigue sets in.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you to do a certain group of certain exercises because their are so so many different ab exercises that you can do. Variety is the spice of life so use multiple assortments of exercises but make sure you try to hit the obliques, upper, and lower abs and don't just do 200 crunches and feel like you did something special!

I would break up my days into high rep vs low rep days however. So on your days where you are sprinting and severely hitting your Central Nervous System - I would recommend lower volume.
On days where you are doing more tempo work/form running then I would go ahead and really hammer those abs hard.

Stronger Abs + Stronger hip flexors = faster sprinting!

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