For a complete newbie, starting a CrossFit training program might seem intimidating. With that said, you don’t need to fret about anything. I got you covered my buddy. Today I’m going to share with you all you need to know about starting a CrossFit training program. Note: This is going to be a long post, but I feel like I have to do it. I just can’t write one of them short and sweet posts about CF. I have to share everything I know about the subject. Or it’s no deal. So what is CrossFit? And how can it help you become a better runner?
Can you run a 10K without breaking a sweat but not touch your toes even if your life depended on it? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone. Scores of runners suffer from flexibility issues. In fact that’s a part of the training process. Running by definition leaves the telltale signs of tight lower back, gluteus, quads, hamstrings and calves. And if you don’t work diligently on working on these areas, they can lead to muscles imbalances, injuries and poor performance. Well, fret no more. Yoga is the practice you need to keep your body healthy and run injury-free for the long haul. It is the perfect antidote.
The Benefits Of Core Training For Runners One of the best ways to improve your running without running more is improving your core power and strength. The core—as the name implies—is the baseline of human performance. What Is The Core? The core muscles are the epicenter of the body. They connect the pelvis, spine and trunk to each other and to the rest of your body, including your shoulders blades, hips and legs. They are at the center of everything—the the basis for all of your movement, whether you are an elite runner or an Olympic power lifter. It’s More Than Abs First of all, you need to understand that your “core” isn’t just your abs. it’s more than that. Having a solid core is more than just having strong abdominal muscles. The core extends to the lower back, gluteal muscles, and other areas. The core involves five main areas. The rectus abdominus—what we usually refer to the six-pack muscle. The oblique—or what’s known as the side abs. The erector spinae—aka the lower back muscles. The transversus muscles or deep abs, and The gluteal muscles—the butt muscles.
I can’t emphasize the importance of daily yoga practice—regardless of your current physical fitness level and training goals—but a speaking to you as a runner, hatha Yoga is vital for injury prevention, performance, relaxation and improving health on all facets—physical and mental. Practicing these basic yoga poses will help you stretch out your muscles, improve your posture and prevent running injuries and discomfort. Also, Yoga has balancing effect. While running tightens your muscles up, a regular yoga routine can help you loosen them and help them stay pain-and injury-free Taking the First Steps toward a Runner’s Yoga Practice
If you’re a runner, even for a relatively short time, you can easily recall a time when you’ve strained, twisted, or even sprained your ankle on the run. I’ve had my fair share of ankle...