Maybe you are looking to lose those love handles that aren’t that lovely, or get the six pack back that you had in your prime. There is no better time to improve your core like right now!
As it gets colder it gets harder for some people to continue running outside. Wind proof and wicking running jackets have made it possible to run in single digit temperatures and still stay warm and dry, but some people just don’t like the cold.
With the tendencies to be a home body over the winter, don’t put on pounds like most of the population but instead be intentional and work out your core. That way when you get back outside and running the miles you are used to you will be in a good place and on track to reach your running goals.
Improving Your Core
According to an article in Runner’s World, “They [the core muscles] provide the stability, power, and endurance that runners need for powering up hills, sprinting to the finish, and maintaining efficient form mile after mile.”
Elite runners know this to be true and intentionally strengthen their abs, glutes, and lower back since these muscles are the foundation of your movement. A strong core can make the difference between being a good runner and taking your game up to the next level.
Equipment to Improve Your Core
Two new and impressive pieces of equipment are now available at Complete Runner that will help you to improve your core this winter.
The first is the Ab Coaster Black. This machine is similar to a vertical knee raise, but more compact and easier on your body. All you need to do is move back and forth with your knees on the base to work out your abs, and swivel the base to your right or left to work your oblique muscles. There is a digital counter on the machine that will keep track of your reps for you, and you are able to add more weights to increase the resistance.
Also new in the store is the Core Stix, a nifty platform with resistance rods to do a number of exercises. It boasts of being an all-in-one home gym that combines core, cardio, and strength training into a convenient platform that doesn’t take up much space. Used by a variety of trainers, celebrities, and runners, the Core Stix is sure to help improve your core and get your body in awesome shape this winter.
Take advantage of the cold and make a plan to improve your core with new and innovative equipment at Complete Runner.