I have been using your TCGTNSF book and 26-week running plan. I heard that to develop a strong core muscle, I have to do core muscle workouts for 60 minutes each day as an extra workout. Is that true? Also, what's your favorite core exercise? Thanks so much for reading. Have a good evening.
That is certainly not necessary. You can mix in core exercises throughout your workout; it's never a bad idea to mix extra core work into your week. But don't just focus on abdominal exercises, such as sit-ups. Think about hip mobility, shoulder girdle movements, and lower- and upper-back exercises and stretches.
Exercising your core involves a lot more than just ab workouts, as you noticed in the two programs you are using. In fact, I like to rest with core exercises. Some of my favorites involve the TRX (TRX rollouts and atomic push-ups), plank pose and old-school ab exercises that work the hips, such as flutter kicks, leg levers and more.
With that running plan, you have many excellent lower-back, hip and leg flexes and stretches, but you also can mix in the lower back plan. I typically do this as a warmup or a cooldown to a workout.
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