Must-Try Core Exercises for Runners


When you think of core exercises, what comes to mind?

Probably crunches or bicycles.

While these exercises will tone your front section, they will not help your running.

You need to build 360° core strength if you want to run your best and avoid injuries.

This means engaging other areas of your core like your low back, side abdominals, and glutes.

That’s why I love this core sequence. It targets each area of your core specifically with a different exercise.

Watch the video to learn the sequence:


How to Do It

Go into a front plank and hold for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure your back stays flat. You don’t want to have your butt in the air or let your back sag to the ground.

Then drop your knees and transition to a side plank. You should have a straight line from your nose all the way through your midsection and down to your feet. Hold for another 20-30 seconds.

Next, lie down on your back and do a single-leg bridge for 20-30 seconds. Then switch and do a single-leg bridge on the other side. Make sure you’re holding strong and not dipping or rotating your pelvis.

For the last exercise, go into a side plank again on the other side for 20-30 seconds.

To recap, the sequence is front plank, side plank, single-leg bridge, single-leg bridge, other side plank. I recommend doing 3-5 sets.

This core exercise sequence is my favorite for building core strength that promotes faster running and fewer injuries.

Key Takeaway

Building core strength the right way is necessary if you want more speed and fewer injuries.

This core sequence is a great place to start, but you will need more exercises to build strength for running.

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