November 16 2016
After months with a sore back, one runner started doing a plank every day. Here's how it eliminated her pain and helped her form.
Exercises like pullups, pushups and planks are bucket-list worthy exercises for two reasons. First: They’re %$*&ing hard. Second: They require strength in muscle groups often weak in female runners—arms, core and back. Although these moves are tough, they’re not impossible. And like anything in life, if you put in the work, you will receive a great return. So, are you ready to accept the challenge?
It is important that you don’t exhaust yourself in the gym by trying these exercises over and over again. Focus on the step-by-step training a few days a week to help you develop the appropriate amount of strength to master each stage of the pull up with good form.
Before you know it, you’ll be the badass chick at the gym busting out moves on the pullup bar.
Master The Pullup
Why? Pullups exemplify power and require extraordinary upper-body strength. Plus, they make for a sweet party trick!
Your challenge: Perform 1 unassisted pullup.
Complete these exercises every 2 to 3 days so your runs don’t suffer from full-body fatigue.