there are a variety of plank exercises that helps us build the core strength necessary for more efficient running form and fewer overuse injuries.
The plank is a versatile exercise as it strengthens the:
- Rectus Abdominus (these are what you see if you have six-pack abs) - Internal and external obliques (the part of your abs on the side of your torso) - Transverse Abdominus (the deepest part of your abs that support your spine) - Hips (always important for runners) - Back (particularly important for runners, especially the lower back) - Glutes (strength is good – a shapely booty is a nice bonus!)
If you regularly do a plank workout, you know how simple they are. They can be done virtually anywhere and require no equipment. They’re perfect for beginners – and even the fastest of runners.
No matter what race you’re training for or your ability level, planks are a fantastic ab exercise to incorporate into your core strengthening program.
Jason Fitzgerald is a USATF running coach, 2:39 marathoner, and the founder of Strength Running (one of the web's most popular running blogs and coaching businesses). A member of the Greatist Expert Network, he's also a contributor to Competitor Magazine, Active, Runner's World, Lifehacker, and other major media.