Cyclocross demands a strong core for powerful manuvering and stabilty. Go off the front this year with a stronger core for optimum performance and less risk of injury. This CX core training plan consist of over 3 different workouts a week for 6 weeks totaling over 20 new workouts. Exercises balance the strength of the anterior muscles and posterior muscles. Many workouts also focus on lower body explosive power with exercises like single leg jump squats and thera band kick backs.
USAT Level IIE Coach Heather Casey brings performance and injury prevention training to a new level using 20 creative workouts to keep your core and stabilizer muscles balanced and strong!
Heather's background as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist combined with years of teaching yoga, Pilates and TRX to private clients and collegiate level athletes provide you with a diverse training plan to focus on areas many endurance athletes fall short on in their training: Hips, Lower back, Shoulders, Abdominals, Hamstrings and Flexibility.
You won't need a gym for any of these workouts! The only training gear you'll need is: yoga mat, stability ball, mini band (resistance band - PerformBetter.com,) and your commitment to get stronger!
5 min video of Coach Heather Hagan demonstrating examples of foam rolling. Try foam rolling 20 minutes each night and as a warm to KEY workouts:
Begin day one with how many push ups you can complete with PERFECT form. If you begin week one with knees down that is OK, but shoot for bringing those knees up soon. Each subsequent day you have the goal of completing 1 more pushup than you did the day before. Stay committed and stay strong. Stretch your chest each day using a wall or TRX.
With Mini Band: - 15 lateral steps each direction (toes pointing forward/ knees tracking over ankles - 15 front kicks - 15 back kicks - 15 cross body kicks - 60 sec forearm plank hold (booty and core TIGHTLY held in and take deep inhales and exhales) - 12 superman lower back lifts - 12 bird dogs each side (opposite arm / leg balance on hands and knees) - 60 sec plank with knee drive to opposite elbow
Need a stability ball (med size) All exercises are demonstrated in this 2 min video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=colL_Kope7w ___________________________________________ 2 X 12 reps (single leg moves do 12 per leg) __________________________________________ - Stability ball push up > pike > pull in (do each of 3 moves in sequence. 3 moves X 4 = 12) - Single leg lift keeping hips stable (start position on back with feet on ball) - Hands to feet pass with ball - Knee drive to chest from forearms on ball - Straight leg hip lift with heels on ball - Hamstring pull in - Forearm plank spiderman (drive knee to elbow and alternate) * on mat, not ball - Explosive push up - Box Jump (use 12 or 18 inch box. Jump from deep squat/ land cushioned and soft - quiet land) *Can modify and do controlled step ups without jumping for non-impact option.