I recieved a question from a reader the other day about where to find the rounded back ab bench I pushed so hard man years ago and still use here. You know, it just goes to show how far behind the fitness industry still is when it comes to new thinking. Check out this video and then you tell me what’s the deal? And no I don’t know where to find one ,so please tell us if you do.
In our gym here in Norway, the Bear Cave I had to have the machine cusotm designed. It is so well worth it no matter what it takes.
Fred Koch Training is a place where I can rant in shorter time.
This post is directed to all the idiots in training that are still in the dark ages of abdominal training. if you are not doing sit-ups with an Ab Mat and weight you might as well change careers.
Even at 45 …Ladies you can have abs.
Ab mat sit ups with 32 kilos or around 70lbs…..
And yes it takes some work.
Over the last few years I have tried to post some of the original handwritten material from Tudor. My mission by posting this is to show you even before the internet how a head of the industry Tudor was. Also you must see how editors change the orginal authors words as the years go by. Any true strength or fitness trainer must be aware of these changes. I have used this style for years in designing hands on programs for people. Some of the bodybuilders stories are on this page. See Thomas and Michael. See the hand written version below:
In my first article on CCS (Cross-Country Skiing) I wrote about the importance of core training. I received more interest than I was expecting so I wanted to get this summer workout out as fast and as simply as possible. Sorry it got a little more complex than I wanted. If you have any specific questions you are more than welcome to write me in Norwegian..på norsk), if you like since, I know most of my readers here are Norwegian CCS.
This article became a lot longer than I thought because one of my coach friends reminded me that if a an athlete or parent really believes in this this article will be their only chance to learn it without a lot of research, because the majority of coaches still don’t believe. Unfortunately he is probably right and thus the length.
Yes, I know it gives you a head ache to look at all this stuff, There are just illustrations to make the system easier. Everything you need is listed in the drop box link both in english and Norwegian. If you have any question just give me a call 975-61166. Can’t make it any easier.
Ole Einar with Fred learn the reverse grip-lat pulldown
Where does the strength program for the summer fit in the Annual Plan? Since the summer off season is so short we have to pre-plan. Below is an example of a pre-planned summer program. (All this is in the following folder both in English and på norsk.) In theory using this program ,every Cross-country skier in Norway can have a program that is guaranteed to work this summer in 2 weeks.
By Fred Koch with Dr. Scott Howell
Norwegians are already the best in the world in the aerobic area of cross-country skiing. Just wait until they get as serious about strength training. Strength training is just popping up in Cross-Country skiing in Norway. As it gets more serious, you will see a new generation of skiers arise.
In 2005 Fred Koch was appointed the 1st Strength Coach in the history of the Norwegian Biathlon Association. (Men’s and Women’s Teams)
2005 Women’s Norwegian Biathlon Team
The Biggest Mistake in Modern Sports Training
The “Core” (Abs and Lower Back) making up approximately 1/3 of the body, we all know that. What we have missed in strength is training the abdominals of the core like any other body part . Why do we strength train ever other body part with heavy weights and NOT the abs? Are the muscles made up of some different fiber type? Do sports not really use the abdominals of the body to promote power like other muscle groups? Maybe we have been doing them wrong all these years. The Ab Mat changed all that. These are the question that hopefully will stay with you and give you some “food for thought” with this article and videos.