Core Work for Stability and Performance

by Teige West

It’s a no-brainer that developed, strong legs is the first key to your success as a hurdler. But you’ve worked on legs, you’ve done the drills, your calves are cut and fit, so how do you push your performance and fitness to the next level? Core strength. If you google Olympic hurdlers and search through photos you will see athletes who have cut, hard abs. There’s a reason for those—and here comes a car metaphor—your core is like the chassis of your body. You wouldn’t buy a car with a wooden chassis. You want a steel frame. That frame does exactly what your core muscles do—your core provides stability, enhances endurance, and helps you keep your center of gravity.

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