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.
“With some many videos and diagrams available on the market today how do we as bodybuilders and sports trainers really know what is right”?
And I say that trying to give some a little credit. How do you know truth about exercise form. Or better yet what is bullshit? Hopefully after reading this article you may get some idea of just how much misinformation if out there an how better to learn the truth.
One of the things I got involved in years ago when I was writing For Ironman Magazine under the column of Muscle Coach was using drawings to illustrate the correct form to do exercises. My teacher at the time Robert K. Blom RPT always drummed into my head as many teachers do was the importance of understanding the muscle you want to work and getting the form right from the beginning. Now of course you have heard this before. Now you have to remember this was long before the internet and especially You Tube where you could upload videos of the form you use.
Motocross and Trial have much the same movements on motorcycles and can use a program that not only enhances the ability to ride harder, faster, and compete, but also has an injury potential factor that in itself adds a great benefit.
It is not just the strength you need to ride that most people think about, but “what” the strength can be converted to.
This is all called Periodization of Training
With the new year starting any day now I just had to redue this point for those athletes that want to get better and those fitness people that want harder and better abs. Ladies…getting that lower ab bulge away is just a rep away. Bodybuilder ….what has this to do with you? Did you ever notice on many if not all of the pros on stage never really has developed blocky abs? Sure the diet brings out their natural abs but nothing that is really developed like the other muscles. Read on.
Actually, you don’ t need to read just ask yourself 1 question. Are the abdominal muscle made of any different fiber type than the other muscle of the body , which of course you train with weights. Just look at the videos.
It amazes me to this day that everyone wants to think that in the fitness industry all that needs to be discovered has been. I am so tired of hear ” what’s the research”. To add to this how stupd can people be that the abdominal muscle are made of some new magic fiber type. Sorry people they arn’t. Here are 2 examples that should make you stop and think.
Why in the world would a coach give a female athlete bench presses? Why ? Because they really don’t understand or train with the athletes. Writers and professors ugg. A Bench press is cool for guys, we grew up with it. Girls could care less. It takes too much time. It really doesn’t duplicate any sports movement and when used as a test by schools is only depressing because girls have longer weaker arms. Most schools or gyms only have one or two benches which makes for long workouts. I could go on but anyone reading this blog follows my thinking. Answer, simple DB bench Press.