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Improve your core strength, improve your running endurance

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Posted by Cags R under Fitness & Training, Running on 1 April 2014 at 11:00 PM

Core strength is often neglected when you're busy putting the miles in on the road, but for many runners, if they focused on core workouts twice a week, they'd notice an improvement in their running.

This is an old Tribesports favorite: the core challenge. You may be thinking that these exercises are more "vanity exercises" - the kind of thing that cheap fitness magazines will tell you will give you a 6-pack in 2 weeks (they won't) BUT they are in fact really great for strengthening your core.Core Strength Workout

Last weekend, we exhibited at Be Fit London, a fitness exhibition that promoted health and fitness. To make sure everyone really understood what Tribesports was all about, we hosted a side planking competition.

Sarah YatesWe had almost 200 entrants come and show off their side-planks clocking over 5 hours in total, with the average time just under 2 minutes - not too shabby! We had everyone from fitness beginners to personal trainers, but you might not have known which was which when looking at the score board!!

What was really impressive was the person who clocked the longest time of the 3 days - Sarah Yates. Sarah logged 6 minutes of side planking and was even able to chat to us the entire time! 

Whilst chatting, she revealed that not only did she practice yoga at least once a week (something we came to expect from our 4-minutes-plus plankers) but she was also a keen marathon runner, with a PB of 3:02 - but she's hoping to smash that at Boston Marathon this month.

Why would a strong core help improve your running?

  • Efficiency - if you have core endurance, your running will be more efficient. Those with poor core strength will tire quicker and running form will suffer. The whole thing begins to snow ball then - as your form gets sloppier, you'll waste more energy and before you know it you've run straight into The Wall!

  • Will-power - planking and static holds are very much a mind-over-matter kind of thing, so is endurance running. Learning the difference between tired and exhausted can be applied to both core work and running!

  • Posture - having a strong core will also improve your posture - exercises such as the bridge help to even out abs based exercises by strengthening the back. Good posture makes for good running form.

  • Balance - especially beneficial if you're a trail runner, much of your balance is controlled through your core strength.

  • Cross training - you can't run every day (well, you can if you really want to) so having some simple workouts to do on your less heavy training days is a great way to cross train.

Add the Core Challenge to your favorite workouts on the Tribesports Training app and see if your running improves with a little help from your core! 

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