I can’t think of an athlete that doesn’t benefit from a strong core. Let me take that one step further: I can’t think of a living human being that wouldn’t benefit from having a strong core. Core strength affects everything from your posture to chronic back problems. For cyclists, triathletes, and runners core strength is crucial to our training. Many cyclists make the mistake of thinking that riding a bike is an endeavor reserved only for our lower extremities—not so.
Ever had back, shoulder, or neck pains after a long ride or run? It could be your core telling you you’ve got some work to do.
So as I sit here stranded inside waiting out the behemoth that is the FrankenSandyApocolyptic Hurricane of 2012, I am not letting this day indoors ruin my training schedule. My coach, Michael Gibbons of Walton Endurance, sent me a core workout for today that requires little or no equipment, and will provide a gut/hurricane-busting workout all without having to leave The Weather Channel’s coverage of all the carnage.
|I can't say for sure, but I don't think this is real footage of Sandy.|
A perfect remedy for a state-of-emergency induced day indoors, this workout is an advanced one, but can be tempered to fit anyone’s ability level. Doing any of these exercises without a stability ball makes them easier for beginners, so adjust as you see necessary.