Core & Injury Prevention with Functional Strength Training for Adventure Racing // 20 workouts!

Average Weekly Training Hours 02:45
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 02:45
Training Load By Week

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!

Sample Day 1
0:15:00
Monday quick core

- Forearm plank with 24 hip dips to side (12 each side)
- 10 X 10 sec bridge lift hold
- 12 forearm side plank with hip tap and arm reach forward (each side)
- 12 curl / crunch to pressing 10lb overhead
- 24 (12 each side) seated russian twist tapping - 10lb weight hip to hip
- 12 reverse crunch (laying on back with legs bent forming a table top with shins, drop heels toward mat then raise back to starting position.

Sample Day 1
0:20:00
Coach Heather Hagan - Video of Foam Rolling

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:

Sample Day 2
0:20:00
2 sets: Mini Band Drills and quick core

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

Sample Day 3
0:20:00
Coach's Core with Blog Link

12 reps 2 Rounds: Kettle Bell (or other 5lb wt) Turkish Get Up Spiderman Pushups Russian Twist with 5 lb med ball or weight Plank suicides (from hands – down/ down, up/ up) V Sits Scorpion Tipping Bird Crank Plank

Sample Day 4
0:20:00
2 sets: Mini Band Drills and quick core

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

Sample Day 5
0:20:00
Back & Core Video Series

Lower back and core exercises are a necessity. Take the time to do these correctly and controlled. Watch the short videos for correct form.
http://www.whyiexercise.com/back-strengthening-exercises.html
Table Top - smoothly inhale as you drop your heels then exhale return to start for 15 reps

Bridge - 30 sec w both feet on ground then alternate extending one leg and holding 10 sec for total 8 reps per leg.

Pilates Crunch - 12 reps

Dart - 10 - 12 reps holding for 8-10 seconds

Front Bridge (forearm plank) - 30-60 seconds
100 - 40-100 pulsing reps

Airplaining (bird dog) - alternate sides holding 4 secs for total 10 reps per side

repeat set total 2-3 times

Sample Day 6
0:30:00
Tara Styles 30 min yoga video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2y3CQP8dk8

Heather Casey, CSCS, USAT L2
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Balanced Art Multisport

Athletes who work with a coach are more likely to see progress and goal achievement than athletes who train on their own. During your free consultation, we’ll identify what’s holding you back and goals you’d like to achieve. Then we go to work putting a plan in place to get you to your dreams. Heather’s philosophy of progressing an athlete at their individual pace effectively creates a plan based on metrics but grounded by lifestyle. Each athlete has a path and no two are alike!