Olympic Runner Julie Culley's Core Workout

Olympic middle distance runner Julie Culley demonstrates a 26-move core workout designed to strengthen the abs and core without tiring the legs.

1. Physioball (PB) Bridge with Hip Abduction

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1. Physioball (PB) Bridge with Hip Abduction

Lie on your side with your elbow directly underneath your shoulder for support, holding a physioball between your ankles. Engage your core and legs to lift your torso off the mat, coming in to a side bridge. Lift your non-weight-bearing arm straight into the air, pointing your hand toward the ceiling. Hold for a five-count, then lower your hip back to the ground. Rest for a second, then re-engage your core and lift up for your next rep.

Reps/Duration: 10 x 5 second holds on each side

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Lie on your side with your elbow directly underneath your shoulder for support, holding a physioball between your ankles. Engage your core and legs to lift your torso off the mat, coming in to a side bridge. Lift your non-weight-bearing arm straight into the air, pointing your hand toward the ceiling. Hold for a five-count, then lower your hip back to the ground. Rest for a second, then re-engage your core and lift up for your next rep.

Reps/Duration: 10 x 5 second holds on each side


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