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HARD-CORE!

YOUR CORE CONTROLS YOUR ENTIRE BODY WHEN YOU RUN. BY STRENGTHENING YOUR CORE, YOU’LL DEVELOP BETTER STABILITY AND A MORE EFFICIENT RUNNING STYLE

-Masterclass-

WORKOUT

PLANK WITH LEG LIFT

Area trained:

Core muscles (transversus abdominis)

Why do it?

When you run, only one foot is ever in contact with the ground at any one time. Loading each leg individually, this move will help you to become more stable on your feet during your running stride.

Technique:

• Lie on your stomach on the floor

• Place your elbows directly underneath your shoulders

• Lift your body off the floor into a plank position, forming a straight line between your feet, hips and shoulders

• Lift your left foot off the floor

• Keep your hips level and tummy tight

• Lower your left leg and lift your right leg off the floor

• Lower your right leg. Continue lifting each leg alternately off the floor.

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