Mini-Marathon: Gut Check TimeFebruary 8th, 2010 at 4:28 pm by Eric Halvorson under Eric Halvorson's Blog, Mini-Marathon
Runners and walkers may be surprised to learn that they’ll be more successful, if they train more than their legs. I often see advice about developing the abs to enhance running performance. That’s why I’m happy I found Amy Martin on Twitter.
Amy is a Hoosier fitness trainer and a professional member of the IFBB — the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness. From what I’ve seen, she’s a perfect candidate for advice on modifying your midsection. Amy says it guards against injury. “Each time your foot hits the ground,” she says, “your body absorbs pressure and shock. Building a strong core can help counteract some of this force.”
“Strong abs equal balanced stability throughout your body. With balanced stability, your upper and lower body can work together through your core; something that is especially important when running rough or unstable terrain.”
Amy says a strong midsection “can help you maintain proper running technique” through your run or a race. Some of that comes from enhanced strength and endurance. “With more body strength,” Amy says, ” you will be able to run faster and longer with less effort.”
You could invest in one of those ab machines advertised on TV. But Amy offers the following exercises, instead.