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Core strength: Wood chop

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  May 15, 2014

Core strength: Wood chop

Core Strength: Wood chop increases leg strength without straining the knee, a problem area for the most diligent runner. This move is great for improving your balance and coordination too.

Technique:

  • Stand on your right leg and extend your left arm up to the ceiling.
  • Bend your right knee to perform a squat.
  • Reach down with your left hand to touch the outside of your right foot.
  • Return to the starting position, and repeat on the other side.

Safety tips:

Don’t let your supporting knee extend beyond your toes.

Breathe out as you lower your hand.

 Technique:

Stand on your right leg and extend your left arm up to the ceiling.

Bend your right knee to perform a squat.

> Reach down with your left hand to touch the outside of your right foot.

> Return to the starting position, and repeat on the other side.

 

Safety tips:

> Don’t let your supporting knee extend beyond your toes.

> Breathe out as you lower your hand.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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