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Is running really the best way to get six-pack abs or even the toned tummy you’ve been hoping for? Or how about the other way around: are all those crunches and sit-ups you’ve been doing to get those alluring abs doing anything for your running performance?

Let’s find out.

Today we are going to explore the secrets to the six pack. We’ll discover:

  • The basic anatomy of the core and what that means for running,
  • Why some people seem to just naturally get a 6 pack while others never will, and
  • I’ll go over the exact exercises you can start today to build a strong core for great running (and which ones help define those abs).

Whether you run for health and fitness, performance and accomplishment, or you’re out there for straight-up sexiness, this episode will help you clarify which exercises align with your goals.

Welcome to the Planted Runner. I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

If you need more help, you can order my book The Planted Runner: Running Your Best With Plant-Based Nutrition wherever you get books or request a copy from your local library. 

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Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode for another Mental Strength Minute. Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great Podcast!

“Highly recommend listening to this podcast! I am a high school runner in xc and track, and although I am not plant based, I find so much good information in this podcast and thoroughly enjoy listening to it! Claire is relatable, fun to listen to, and she plans out her podcasts well so she’s not rambling on and on but isn’t boring either. She has great questions to ask interviewers and great advice! Thanks for a good podcast for all runners out there! :)”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Informational, easy to listen to, relatable!!

“Claire’s voice is one of the few I don’t mind listening to on repeat (listened to her on a previous podcast)! She delivers the science, the heart and the soul of running. Looking forward to more episodes!”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Love this podcast

“Always get so much out of listening to Claire and all her guests. Helpful, inclusive and relevant! Loved episode about plant based protein. Really simplified this topic and the example of what a day of eating could look like was perfect 💕”


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