Much has been said in recent years about the importance of core training for runners and about how having strong abs improves your performance and prevents injury. Not enough has been said about how your abs should be strong, though, and what abs actually do for a runner. Your performance may be suffering as a result.
If you think that your abs should act like a girdle to hold your pelvis still, it's because that's the picture drawn by most articles on the subject, as well as by many Pilates teachers, physical therapists, and other professionals you may have consulted. Abs can do that, but that action interferes with your running.
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