Hive Gold athlete, ultra runner, and running coach Anna Mae Flynn knows there‚Äôs more to running than putting in the ‚Äúleg work.‚Äù Whether you run gnarly trails or prefer the consistency of pounding pavement, having a strong core and healthy stabilizing muscles makes a big difference in endurance, speed, and injury prevention.
We caught up with Anna Mae to get a core workout she uses personally and with her clients to improve core strength and stability. You can do this exercise in the comfort of your own home, needing only a workout mat, carpet, or something soft to cushion your elbows. Anna Mae recommends doing this routine once a week, and now is the perfect time to start!
Anna Mae says, ‚ÄúThis is a great routine to work on the whole core, not just the rectus abdominal muscles. The goal is to be a more proficient trail runner and gain more stability while running trails.‚Äù
The Plank Challenge for Runners
Lay in prone position to start, hold for 30 seconds
Rotate to a side holding position in lateral plank for 30 seconds
Turn to other side and repeat for 30 seconds
Rotate back to prone position, hold for 30 seconds
Repeat Round 1 3x for a total of 6 minutesRound 2
Finish with 4 minutes of Plank Up/Downs to fully feel the burn
Tip: If breaks are needed during this round, hold plank position