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Core training

Postby Calum » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:15 pm

Who here incorporates a core strength routine into their weekly training? What exercises do you prefer?

I have two main routines which I alternate during the week (do 4 in total):

A
1. Superman
2. Bridge
3. Cycle crunches
4. Plank leg raises
5. Side plank

B
1. V-up
2. Russian Twist
3. Squats
4. Lemon squeezer

I appreciate that some of the names I use for the exercises may not be the same you use :)

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Re: Core training

Postby kallefs » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:32 pm

Going to look at these. I have just started doing some plank on my off-days again but I am generally really lousy at keeping to it even though I know that I need it.
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Re: Core training

Postby Calum » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:41 pm

Yeah, I'm the same in that I have to make a very deliberate effort to remember to do the routines. It's not as if they take particularly long to complete or anything, I just need to reinforce the habit :)
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Re: Core training

Postby silver » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:12 pm

I've been really slack on my core work lately.
I need to get back to a whole heap of pilates excercises that I learnt at circus school.
Favorites are planks of all varieties, sit ups (pilates style straight and crossed, not 'feet hooked under something' six-pack-vanity sit ups) and one I can't remember a name for but you end up looking like a sphinx, stretches the belly and works the back. Arm and leg raises from all fours is one of the most useful balance excercises I do.
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Re: Core training

Postby DC Runner » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:16 pm

The extent of my core training is sitting up to get out of bed in the morning.

I'm such a bad runner, in that, pretty much the only thing I do is run. No cross training and minimal stretching. I wish I could force myself to do it, but I always find something "more important" to do.
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Re: Core training

Postby Calum » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:21 am

Yeah - I'm always of the "I'd rather be running" mentality, I must admit. Saying that, I'm re-training as a personal trainer just now, and that's renewed my enthusiasm / interest in core work. Also in the middle of marathon training, so I've incorporated core work into my weekly sessions.
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Re: Core training

Postby DC Runner » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:52 pm

Which marathon are you training for? Any specific goal in mind?
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Re: Core training

Postby Calum » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:09 am

Manchester marathon at the end of April. Aiming for sub-3hrs.
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Re: Core training

Postby DC Runner » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:14 pm

Looks like that's the course to break 3 hours on. And from looking at last year's results, you'll have good company to help you get there. I'll be running my goal marathon two weeks before you. Are you going to start a training log?
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Re: Core training

Postby Calum » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:38 pm

Yeah, it's a nice flat course - even flatter than Edinburgh, which I've run the past few years. Looking forward to it - the finish at Old Trafford should be cool. I ought to do a training log :)
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