Incorporating a CORE strengthening routine into your weekly training regimen is advantageous for triathletes & runners (or just about ANYONE), but sadly it is often overlooked and not prioritized.
Below we will briefly discuss what your core is and how you can make it a part of your weekly training routine. At the very bottom, you’ll find a video with a few exercises to get you started.
So, what is your core? It is basically the mid section of your body. In order to keep it REALLY SIMPLE, your core involves all your muscles in that mid section area including the front (abs), back (lower back) & sides (obliques).
Your core acts as a stabilizing pillar point from which all your power is generated. If it isn’t strong, other stuff around it will overcompensate, and that’s when injury and inefficiency can occur. This is true for mundane daily tasks (especially as we age) and for athletic performance.
TIME INVESTMENT REQUIRED:
It doesn’t take much time, it just takes commitment and a little discipline.
Your game plan: 5-15 minutes per day, 2-5 days per week. Yes, this is a big range, but doing even a little bit (consistently!) will make a worthwhile difference.
WHAT CORE EXERCISES TO DO?
Ask your coach for exercise suggestions that suit you and your goals or do a quick Google / YouTube search. Remember, depending on your sport of choice (& goals) different exercises may be more beneficial than others.
WHEN WILL I FIT IT IN?
Pick the days you will commit to doing CORE exercises. On these days, set an alarm or schedule time. Make it a priority… it only takes a few minutes.
WHERE CAN I DO CORE EXERCISES?
It can be done almost ANYWHERE (bedroom, living room, office, home gym…). If you already go to a gym regularly, add it on to the beginning or end of our regular gym routine.
Below you’ll find 10 Core Exercises for Triathletes to help get you started.