Perform Like a Pro: Power Boosting Leg and Core Workout


Bikers, swimmers, and runners… that means you!

When I first started competitive running six years ago, I thought the key to success was pounding the pavement for miles and miles, stretching and rolling out afterwards, and nothing else (except a 20-mile bike ride on Sunday… that was my “off-day”). Unfortunately, the only results I got from this training plan were shin splints, sciatica, sore joints, and hips so tight I couldn’t lift my leg more than a few inches off the ground. I started getting deep tissue massages, which helped a little bit, but eventually my performance plateaued and began to worsen once more. Finally, in college, after a devastating muscle strain, my trainers recommended I try functional training.

Now, functional training is SO MUCH MORE than a regular lifting routine! You won’t find me in the gym doing any Olympic lifts, bench-pressing double my bodyweight, or throwing tires around. Instead, you will find me doing unique exercises that increase my range-of-motion and flexibility, strengthen my joints, improve my power, and reduce my chance of injury. Unlike the common misconception, my cross training in the gym did NOT make me bulkier, slower, and stiffer. I am stronger, but I am also much faster and healthier.

Don’t believe me? Well, here’s the stats:

  • 5K PR before I began functional training: 18:41
  • 5K PR after functional training: 17:33

Believe me now?!?!

Check out this video

Created by Elite Nutrition and Performance owner, Kristen Ziesmer, this video takes you through a quick, yet effective, 10-minute workout to boost your leg power and strengthen that oh-so-important core.

To get more workouts like this one and learn LOADS of information about functional training as an endurance athlete, sign up for our upcoming class Maximizing Your Running Performance: Runner’s workshop!! This class will take place on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 pm. Click here to learn more and sign up! Cost is only $10 per person… and hurry!   There are only a few spots left!

Can’t make it on the 16th???

We got you covered. We will be filming Thursday’s class and sending it to you virtually at a later date. Visit our website or click here to sign up!

Hannah Giangaspro, Exercise Science and Nutrition Intern


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