Core Strength is Essential…so try this…

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I am probably not the first one to tell you that core strength is essential to your performance as a triathlete or any sport for that matter. If you are a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a basketball player, a skier, or just a regular weekend warrior….you need core strength. It is what ties all of the other muscle groups together. With good core strength you can run longer and harder because your core supports your body better…and the same goes for other sports.

One of the best ways to develop core strength along with some other great things like felixibility and breathing is to do yoga (see my other blog post on yoga for triathletes here). I also highly recommend doing various parts of the P90X program (plyometrics, leg strength work, etc) to help with your overall triathlon performance. However, I hear many people say that they just can’t fit P90X workouts into their triathlon training or running schedule.

So, if you are one of those people and you don’t have Ab Ripper X from the P90X program or any of the yoga videos to help you with your core strength, try out this video that I put together. It uses some standard moves, some from P90, and some from P90X to give you a great core workout in about 12 minutes. Use it about 3 times a week and watch how your core strength improves and your sports performance improves along with it. This is also a great transition from Power 90 ab work to P90X ab work.

ABS 1 from Ryan Chapman on Vimeo.

Want something more difficult? Contact me for something harder.


  • Cullen G Griffin

    November 21, 2016

    I’ve been doing 4 Sets of 20 GHD Sit-ups for the past 2 weeks and I’ve really seen a difference. I do them Monday and Thursday each week. What are your thoughts on doing those to develop core to extremity strength?

    • BASEtraining

      November 21, 2016

      Hi Cullen,

      Thanks for the question. I think GHD situps are a great way to do that IF you do them right. Of course, it is a very difficult move to get right and you have to have a good amount of core strength to do them at all correctly to begin with. So, as long as you are doing them correctly and not over-extending the trunk and causing back issues, then it will definitely work and show benefits.

      Even this old video here that you are commenting on has some moves that can cause back pain if not done correctly. Unless people know what they are doing with alignment, I usually recommend a lot of plank type work with little to no difficult positioning these days.