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2305 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2011 10:43 AM by Julie Ann Hackett
runnermommy3 Pro 139 posts since
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Jun 25, 2011 6:23 PM

Good exercises for strengthening my core?

I know that I really need to work on improving my core, since that's one of my weak areas. Carrying 3 babies probably didn't help, but now it's throwing off my running. Does anyone have good tips? Would yoga be a good idea?




Carolyn, wife to Chad and mom to three boys

Started WW and C25K on 1/10/11

Starting Weight: 184.4 lbs

Goal Weight: 130 lbs

Current Weight: 131.4

Rookie runner

Race results for 2011:

Shamrock Shuffle 8K 4/10/11 - 1:10:26

Bridge to Bridge 5K 5/7/11 - 39:59

Graham's Sundae 5K 7/31/11 - 38:48

Eagles Run 5K 8/6/11 - 38:28

Run for the Athletes 5K 8/17/11 - 39.04

Pumpkin Run 10K 10/30/11 - 1:12:24

Hot Chocolate 5K 11/5/11 - 34:24 - PR!!!!

Fox and the Turkey Trot 4 miler - 44:34

Snowflake Shuffle 5K - 35:11 - last race of 2011

Race results for 2012:

Shamrock Shuffle 8K 3/25/12 - 56:42!!

  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    1. Jun 26, 2011 10:52 AM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    Yoga is great for running (though I confess to doing far less of it than I should). In fact, Sage Rountree has a DVD, "The Athlete's Guide to Yoga" (and, I believe, an accompanying book), that has lots of exercises that are helpful for runners.

     

    As far as core exercises go, I like planks, side planks, and hip-raises. Push-ups are surprisingly good for core (with a little upper-body thrown in), and crunches work nicely. For extra "fun," do them while draped over a balance ball.

     

    I'm sure folks will chime in with other suggestions.

     

    Don





    2012 Race Schedule

    Providence Marathon (4:48:55)

    Buffalo Half-Marathon (2:03:16)

    Chicago Marathon (October 7)

  • MellyC90 Amateur 21 posts since
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    2. Jun 26, 2011 2:01 PM (in response to dwm082)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    For core exercises, I really like exercise DVDs! My favourite right now is Ab Ripper X, which is part of the P90X series. Jillian Michaels makes a good one as well, but I can't remember the name of it at the moment... :S

  • Ericd3043 Legend 266 posts since
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    3. Jun 27, 2011 11:42 AM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    You might want to try Running Times Magazine and search for the strength videos ( they had something in the last magazine that showed a few and directed you to the website to do others)

     

    I used the video a couple of times and the exercises were pretty good.  I incorporated some of them into my routine.  You can follow their program - but the videos move quickly and I was unable to keep up doing 10 when the person on the screen showed doing 5 before they moved on.  But, for some good exercises - these do pretty good.





    My race times (2012)

    Race Schedule for the year:

    May 6th Frederick Running Festival 1/2 Marathon

    May 28th Run through the Park, Ligonier 5k

    August Tentative - 5 miler in Chambersburg, PA

    October Baltimore Running Festival Marathon (also the 2nd part of the MD Double challenge)

    Personal Best :

    5K : 28:32 Run through the Park, Ligonier PA

    5mile : TBA- Marine Corp 5 Miler in August, Chambersburg PA

    10mile : 1:44:52 Cherry Blossum Festival Run, Washington DC

    Marathon : 5:01:22 Akron Marathon

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    4. Jun 27, 2011 12:02 PM (in response to dwm082)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    I do Don's stuff with lower back.  (Super man's).

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    5. Jun 28, 2011 9:02 PM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    I have a large exercise ball and that can help strengthen your core!

  • SingingPilgrim Expert 56 posts since
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    7. Jun 29, 2011 9:49 AM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    Reverse crunches are good too. I didn't see anyone mention them, though they mentioned all the rest I thought of. Also dancing can help. I like to occassionally pop in a dance workout video and they almost always do lots of ab-ness. lol.





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  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 228 posts since
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    8. Jun 29, 2011 10:43 AM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Re: Good exercises for strengthening my core?

    I have Tom Hollands Total Ab Workout that I really like.  There are 4 different workouts each less than 10 minutes so I try to do a different one every day.  It doesn't take much to notice a difference.  I think the key is finding a workout that you like and that you will stick with on a regular basis.  The great thing about strengthening your core is there is a lot you can do without needing fancy equipment.  Having a stability ball is great, but there's plenty you can do without it.  Yoga is a very good core workout, especially if you have an instructor who likes to spend time focused on core exercises.  Many of the advance yoga postures are dependent on a strong core.  Don't forget pushups are also good for developing core strength!

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