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Pilates for Runners Workout

When working the core, it is important not to forget the posterior side of the body. After all, we are only as strong as our weakest link! This exercise strengthens the erector spinae and gluteus maximus while stretching the abdominal muscles to prevent an imbalance from occurring. A misalignment of the pelvis due to imbalance of abdominal versus lower back muscles causes injuries that impede running performance, despite having good cardiovascular fitness.

  1. Begin on your stomach with the spine in neutral. With the legs and arms extended. 

  2. Exhale through pursed lips to lift and extend the arms about two inches off the floor. This is your 'hover' position. Focus on length and not height.

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