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Many of you probably worry about having "love handles."  This exercise works your

lateral ab muscles (which includes your external and internal obliques) and

systematically eliminates "love handles."



Cobra

May 18, 2010

 

Don't neglect the stretching part of the routine!  You're going to be working your abs in later exercises.  It's important to loosen those muscles up before you start challenging them.



Regular push ups target your chest and shoulder muscles.  This version targets those

muscles too, but also works your triceps (back of upper arms).  The triceps muscles 

are easy to overlook because we don't see them when we look in the mirror, but

strengthening them will help you maintain an upright running posture. 



Glute Stretch

May 16, 2010

We rely on on our glutes constantly throughout the running motion!  Treat them right

and give them a good stretch.



Single Leg Squat

May 14, 2010

We cannot overemphasize the importance of this exercise.  It strengthens the

hamstrings, glutes, and quadriceps.  Being on just one leg also challenges your

balance.  Maintain good posture and remain as steady as possible throughout the

motion. 



This exercise will strengthen your lower abdominals.  It's sometimes easy to forget how important the abdominals are to runners.  We just don't use our legs and arms when we run.  We also rely heavily on our abs.  Without them, we wouldn't be able to lift our knees high off the ground. 



Pointers

May 11, 2010

Also known as "bird dogs," this is a great overall core exercise.  It not only strengthens

the abs and back, but also involves the glutes and improves balance and stability.



Pretzel Stretch

May 09, 2010

When you do any exercise routine, it can be tempting to start compensating with your

back.  Avoid this at all costs!  Try to remember the muscles that you are targeting in

each exercise and AVOID relying on your back when it is not supposed to be used. 

 

No matter how careful you are, your back will probably feel some tightness from the

running and the whole body routine.  Stretch it out as you are nearing the end of the

exercises. 



Calf Stretch

May 08, 2010

Runners need loose calves!  A tight calf will cause the hamstring to tigheten...and a

tight hamstring will cause glutes and hip rotators to overextend and tighten....That's why

stretching the whole chain of muscles is so important.



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