An important part of any running program is a core strength routine. This consists of strengthening muscles around your core such as your abdominal region. With a good strong core, you’ll avoid any twisting motion during your running meaning better efficiency, less wasted energy and certainly avoiding a sore lower back. Have you ever seen someone running and they’ve had a lot of swing through the shoulders, seemingly rotating through their mid-section. The likely cause is a lack of strength in their midsection and core. A good strong core also supports the muscles above and below so it’s important in terms of getting a core strength routine that’s relevant to running.
The best exercise for strengthening your core is a plank. This is sometimes referred to as a prone hold too and is a great workout for your core and midsection. In our Run Routine, the core strength routine is a plank routine that involves the following: