Hello Fitness bunnies!
Last week we looked at The Scorpion – exercises that train strength and supplement running.
Because you see, when the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners then to say – What? You mean I need to do something else, other than running? Isn’t running the be all and end all… Err, no. Sorry.
Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in injury prevention but will make you a stronger and more efficient runner. But runners need a different strength-training program – runners should focus on targeting the key muscles that will keep them balanced.
Here is one that I like – it looks easy, but requires very good core control.. enjoy!
LOWER-BODY RUSSIAN TWIST
Lie on your back with your upper legs perpendicular to the floor and your knees bent 90-degrees. Without changing the bend in your hips or knees, lower your legs to the left side of your body while keeping your shoulders in contact with the floor. Lift them back to the starting position, and repeat to the right side of your body. That’s one repetition.
Modification: To make it harder, keep your legs straight.
Repetitions: 10 to 12
Muscles worked: core