Off Season Core Strengthening

This is a great time of the year to work on your core strength without feeling like it’s taking time and energy away from actually getting faster in the three sports. There are several of the worlds best athletes that I know who aren’t believers in wasting time and energy on core strength at all or at least weren’t last time I spoke with them. Some even think you get enough of it just from doing the sports. They may in fact be right, but I don’t think so. I’m a believer in the need for core strength in any sport, actually in a healthy life.

Did you catch the Ironman Live webcast of the Hawaii event? Did you notice Raelert’s body bend with every step he took? Compare that with McCormack’s abosolutely solid hips an quiet upper body. Who, over the course of a marathon, do you think wasted more energy?

I have an opinion, as you can tell, and this is the time of year to get that core strong. It will help you balance your hips, avoid injury, improve posture, improve your power and efficiency. Doesn’t that sound like it’s worth while to you?

Last year about this time I posted my morning workout routine video. The routine hasn’t changed much since, because I’m quite pleased with it as is. Here’s the short video of this routine so you can get an idea of how simple it is. You’ll be surprised how beneficial it is, and you ‘ll notice the difference in your posture the days you do it. As you can see I did my chore of folding all the laundry first, before I got to play with my camera and editing software!

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