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Fun Core and Strength Workouts

In the early part of the training season I really want to start focusing on some solid core and strength work. Over the last few weeks I started doing my usual exercise ball, cords, and machine routine but it just wasn’t doing it for me. It was getting a bit stale.

Then I read a post over on Dirt Diva’s blog where she periodically talks about her CrossFit workout. It looked like pretty intense stuff but it also looked like a lot of fun. I decided to look a bit more into it and quickly encountered the site CrossFit. The site is pretty cool! You can subscribe to a daily WOD (Workout of the Day) and if you are unsure how to do a particular exercise, there are many videos that demonstrate the exercise along with technique tips. With exercise names like Hollow Rock, Hot Chick Muscle-up, Kettlebell swing, and Thruster, things are bound to be interesting.

I was able to convince my wife to join in on the fun-pain. She is so sweet as she has minimal desire to do anything associated with the word pain. We have modified the workout a bit if we don’t have the necessary equipment or if our fitness levels are not quite ready for the big leagues.

Below is an example of a modified/reduced workout. Timed.


We are having fun (when not sucking for air) with it and it also gets the heart rate up while providing solid strength/core work.

If you are looking for a new strength/core routine, give CrossFit a try. Post a comment and share your experiences with it.

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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