Asymmetric Core Training
For optimal physical performance in any sport or activity!
Team! Saddle up, my friends, this is one of my FAVS!!! I love it because it's hard and is a workout for literally everyone from the elite athlete to the "regular Jane" who wants to live her life to the fullest. Enjoy! -Carla
The foundation of the functional movements we do every day and in the sports we play are grounded in the muscles at the center or “core” of our body from our neck to our knees. Power generated from the core is translated through the joints, and then to the extremities to execute movement. When your foundation is strong, athletic performance excels!
Whether you are an elite swimmer or weekend warrior, building this foundation will have you performing at your best and promoting longevity and vitality by keeping your joints safe and preventing falls and fractures.
Life and sport are, by nature, asymmetric. So we need to train that way so that we can adapt to whatever life or our sport brings our way. Today’s workout strengthens our foundation through the asymmetry of the single-arm overhead alternating lunge under the fatigue of two classic symmetric movements, the dumbbell thruster, and the V-up.
AMRAP 5 (As many rounds as possible in 5 minutes). Set your SmartWOD app for AMRAP 5 or a standard timer for 5 minutes and perform each movement in sequence as many times as you can in 5 minutes.
10 Up Downs
10 Sit Ups (ab mat style) - (roll up a beach towel for an ab mat) or traditional – knees bent/feet anchored)
Watch the video links for the dumbbell thruster, alternating single-arm overhead lunge, and the V-ups. Practice 2-3 sets of 5-10 repetitions of each movement at low intensity to find the options that are right for you in the workout.
Perform each movement in sequence until you have completed the complete all three 3 movements 5 times. Set a timer and record the time it takes you to complete the workout.
5 ROUNDS for TIME
20 alternating single-arm overhead lunges
*Switch arms as needed, staying with 10 repetitions on each side for a total of 20 repetitions.
Back and Hip Static Stretch Sequence from TrainFTW - Follow along with this 7-minute static stretch that targets the legs, hips, and lower back.