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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > February 2019 > Power up your core strength

Power up your core strength

Looking for a PB this spring? Master these six exercises to help build your core strength, which will improve your posture and help you run faster


You’ll have to do more than just running if you want that all important PB this year. Your core connects your upper and lower body to work as a unit while you run. Improving the strength of all the muscles in your trunk will improve your posture and make your running stride more efficient. It will also increase the power of your push off, making your strides more effective. A strong core improves your balance, which reduces energy loss; this will help you to run faster.

Warm up

Perform a dynamic warm up that includes swinging your legs sideways, forwards and backwards. Do a few stationary squats to increase your blood circulation and warm up your body before starting the exercises. You can also do these exercises after a run.

Sets and reps

Perform two sets of 15 to 20 repetitions. Aim to do the workout at least twice a week as part of your running programme.

Cool down

Lie down on the floor and extend your arms above your head. Make your body as tall as possible. Inhale for four counts and exhale for eight counts. Repeat 10 times.

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