27 Gut Busting Core Exercises

Type: Long Run
Distance: 8.0 miles
Time: 1:10:04
Average Pace: 8:45 min/mile
Average Heart Rate: 164 bpm

I had wanted to ride outside today, but it wasn’t to be. Hoss has a Taekwondo belt test today at 10:00, so I had to get my workout in before then. The weather was supposed to be nasty today, so I decided not to put my workout off until the afternoon. Although I have a very understanding lady friend, I don’t want to push the envelope this early in the season. By the way, he passed. I am a proud Dad this morning.

Please don’t forget to enter my contest for the Tanita BC-1000 (read the rules here). Remember you can get an entry every day with a little effort. Measuring your body composition is an important step in trying to maximize your fitness and health. Personally I think it is much more of a healthy way to approach body weight maintenance and reduction.


More Core Exercises

I post about core strength a lot. I think a core strength routine  is one of the most important workouts that you can do outside of workouts that are specific to your sport — swimming, cycling, and running specifically. Improving your core strength will help you improve your performance, decrease your probability of injuries, and really just make you feel better. If you are a beginner triathlete or cyclist, you need to seriously consider including core workouts in your schedule.

But core workouts are hard and they can be painful if you do them right. They are like tempo runs — they are really hard but the benefits are significant. The first couple of years that I ran I found that my stride and form really deteriorated late during long runs and races. Once I jumped on a bike, my lack of core strength was obvious. I had a hard time keeping my bike stable after about 30.0 miles.

A good friend of mine suggested that I start core work to make the improvements in my performance. Following his advice, I started working my entire core, focusing on the strength I would need for improved performance late in my efforts. It was easier to complete my long runs and rides. Rotating late into long swims even became easier as I was able to hold my form longer. I was easily sold on the importance of core work.

I have posted a couple of great videos featuring some great core workouts, but this one is absolutely one of the best. It has a total of 27 different exercises for your core, and an astounding 23 that do not require any equipment. Most are variances of traditional exercises, but changing those exercises up just a little will help you make continued improvements in your core strength. Plus they can help you break up the monotony of the same exercises session after session.

Check this out…and ladies, you are welcome.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...