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I’ve always believed that even if you have one day available for strength training that it should be core strength. Not just for the cosmetic benefits, but the core is what stabilizes almost everything we do, every moment of our day. A weak core could result in postures or compensating movements that lead to injuries.
My core has always been a priority, but I have to admit, I did take it for granted before kids. Now, after two, I’ve had to work extra hard to get it back–and it’s still a work in progress. I’m always looking for crunchless core exercises that get me the burn I need to get my core marathon, Mudder, and kid strong.
Check out these three that I’m loving right now:
1. Tabletop Crunch
Begin in yoga tabletop position and extend one arm and the opposite leg. Once fully extended with the core engaged and body balanced, pull in with your hand and drive your knee in to your stomach as far as possible. Hold for a moment, then repeat for 20-30 reps. Don’t forget to switch sides and repeat.
2. Walk Ins and Outs
Starting from yoga standing forward bend, keeping your feet planted in the ground, walk your hands out in small steps with your core engaged keeping your back from bending. The key to getting the full effectiveness is to walk your hands out slightly further than under your shoulders–the core needs to work extra hard to stabilize your body from this position. Then walk your hands back in. Repeat for 20-30 reps.
3. Reach Arounds
From side plank, reach around the front of your body and under your bottom oblique then back up toward the ceiling for a full extension. Repeat for 20-30 reps.
Repeat this series 3 times for the full burn.
Also linked up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday!
What is your favorite way to work your core?
Do core exercises play a part in your race training?
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