Archive for the ‘core strength’ Category

Holiday Program #1 – Rings, Running and a Rucksack

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Ring PushupsWith a month away from any regular gyms I’ve had to come up with a plan so that I don’t turn into a complete slob while traveling and since I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat over Christmas I’ll throw this up here.

In essence I’ll be living out of a backpack for the month so I’ve had to reduce my program to a handful of light items that I can carry with me and still get a good workout.

Therefore I’ve gone for a set of portable rings for upper body and core, a gymboss timer for running intervals and my back pack for some leg workouts.

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Core Strength Videos

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Over the last few weeks I’ve again been reminded of how important (and overlooked) core training is.

For a start the strongman training I’ve been doing has been absolutely hammering all the muscles between my neck and my legs. After some of the sessions I’m so sore that it hurts to breathe.

Secondly I’ve got a couple of new clients who have got great leg and upper body strength but who are being held back because their core is the weak link the the chain and they can’t effectively transmit those forces from one end of their body to the other.

Third, I went to an excellent seminar on lower back pain by Mike Robertson (more details on that one later)

At the end of the day core strength training isn’t as sexy as Olympic lifting, powerlifting or strongman but it’s very important stuff. Too often people get to the end of a workout and just throw in some crunches without thinking about doing any harder core strength and stabilisation work.

So here are some new videos that I’ve been shooting with the guys at CrossFit Sydney showing some very effective core exercises. We’ve shown several progressively harder variations of each exercise so you’ll be challenged no matter what level you start at.

Hanging Leg Raise Variations

Glute Hamstring Situps