The BeWOW Breakdown: You Think This Is a Core Workout — But It’s More

This Week’s Workout: Your Reimagined Core Workout

The Breakdown
Length of Workout: 30-40 minutes 
Difficulty (out of five): 4. You think this will be a core workout, but it’s more than that.
Soreness Factor: 3. While it was a tough workout, we weren’t too sore the next day.
Overall Grade (out of five): 4. Your shoulders and core will be screaming, but it’s a nice and short workout!

First Impressions:
We were really excited for a core workout as we hoped to focus on our core this week. When we saw the workout started with five pull-ups, we grumbled a bit (especially Rebecca because she still can’t do one … like even close to one).

How We Felt Afterwards:
For a core workout, this really had our shoulders sore! So many balancing exercises and planks that required your shoulders to do a lot of the brunt work. We started off slow, but after the first round, we quickly got the hang of things and were able to speed up. Also, we wanted the pain to be over, so we pushed through it. Admittedly, we didn’t focus enough on our form, so our cores didn’t get the workout they should have. So if you do this, make sure you focus on your core!

»» Ready to sweat through this week’s workout? You can find it here

About our testers:

Rebecca Barber is the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a just-for-fun 50K run that follows Rocky Balboa’s footsteps in Rocky II. She’s a 19x marathoner and 17x ultra marathoner, having started running when she was a kid. She’s an active volunteer withBack on My Feet Philadelphia, where she works to help the homeless community use running as a means to better their lives and find stable employment and housing. When not running all the miles, she is the social media coordinator for The Wharton School.

Alon Abramson is the founder of the West Philly Runners, the creator of – a web resource for running in Philadelphia – and the organizer of a number of running events in Philly, including the annual 26×1 Mile Team Marathon Relay, Beat the Bus, and Beat the Commute. Running since high school, Alon is an on-again, off-again runner with ebbs and flows to his mileage and commitment. More recently however, he’s taken a new approach to training, emphasizing cross-training and speed work as much as building up mileage and this has dramatically improved his running performance. When he’s not organizing and running, Alon works as a research project manager at Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, studying energy efficiency best practices. 

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