Currently training for VLM and lots of posts on here refer to maintaining core training at the same time. Could anyone give me some sort of idea what core training to do? To give you an idea, I run 3 times a week (1 tempo, 1 fartlek, 1 long) and finish every session with 100 pressups, 100 situps (routine from old semi pro footy days!)
But is this enough and also is this what everyone is referring to re 'core' training?
Apparently, there's a weird exercise known as 'stomach vacuum' that is very effective at working the core. Google it, certainly looks interesting and doesn't take long, so I'm giving it a shot.
When you said stomach vacuum, I thought you meant this!
That was my initial reaction as well when I first heard of it.
Martenkay wrote (see)
Wow just watched that Vimeo video - That looks solid.
My wife will think i've gone mad if i start pretending to swim on the wooden floor lol.
Some of the Core H routine is hard work. The Vs require balance and the swimming requires coordination, both of which still seem to be be beyond me.
Load of altenatives here.
Lou Diamonds wrote (see)
Load of altenatives here.
That's a useful link, not least because it contains some back and glute strengthening exercises, which I think the Core H video is a bit light on, but which are very useful for runners. Gotta love glute bridges.
If you can fit it in it is worth doing a Pilates, Yoga or Body Balance class once a week. Go along a few times to learn the moves and get the technique right and then you can continue to do them on your own.
Core exercises are often done wrongly and then they are of no benefit. Technique is everything and its hard to get that from watching youTube clips
Andrew, I welcome your opinion but runners need strength, look at what Salatzar said about Mo when he first came to Portland.
"Alberto said I ran like a girl. I didn't use my arms when I was sprinting. When I was tired I was all over the place. I was weak. We strengthened my core, my weight, running on the underwater treadmill, the gravity, the chamber that freezes you. I did all that to get stronger,"
Like all research or opinion you always get two sides but a quick ten mins a few times a week should do more good than bad.
You are right to an extent Andrew in that core exercises will not make you run faster or be a better runner. What it will help you with is that you will be able to maintain the correct posture for running for longer. It is about efficiency while running so the longer you can maintain posture the more efficient you are and can last longer. If you want to run faster or have more endurance then yes you need to be doing running specific training. On a recent marathon talk or talk ultra they interviewed the chap from science of sport (or something like that ) and as far as I understood it this is what he was saying (based on research) and as you say people shouldn't believe that doing a few core exercises is a magic bullet to being a better runner.
Andrew DuBois wrote (see)
I'll give those a try. Don't think i'm quite ready to ditch the crunches just yet though.
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