Core Training For Athletes
Here are a few photos from the last few weeks at Synergy Athletics. Notice how most of the exercises recruit muscles from multiple groups. We don’t have much time for isolation when it comes to training athletes!
8th Grader Jake H. Performing Renegade Rows (with 100′s!!)
Finishing a Workout With Renegade Rows
Real Core Training – Abdominal Bracing with Shovels
Lift and Brace
First Day With The Atlas Stones
Uphill Power Wheel on Grass
What is the similarity between all these photos? It is all core training – without crunches (or similar isolation)! Why? Crunches and attempting to isolate the abdominals may be ok for bodybuilding, but time is very limited with athletes. I strongly believe in adhering to training Economy.
I’ll elaborate. Think of your exercise selection as cash money. Would you like to get the most for your money (training core, back, chest, legs) at the same time, or would you like just one thing? Athletes have practice, school, training, and much more on their plate. Take a look at the power wheel use. Pat has to use his chest, shoulders, and legs to propel him up the hill, while maintaining an abdominal bridge.
Use your time wisely and effectively!
What are some of your favorite core exercises?
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -