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The Gauntlet Plank Workout

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Published on Mar 22, 2016

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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.

Visit http://strengthrunning.com/ to sign up for his free coaching ecourse.

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