This is part 2 of 4 in the Couch to 5K Tips for Success Series.
In today's video found below, I address the #1 complaint of all my clients and athletes, BACK and HIP PAIN. As you begin your fitness journey I want you avoid this pitfall by understanding what you need to do and help you to get into the habit of doing it. The goal of today's video is not to trouble shoot all the biomechanical and programming issues that might cause back and hip pain. Rather, today I am getting to the "Core" of the issue by helping you first understanding the role of your core. Then giving you the tools you need to both create a strong core and release your low back and hips.
During the filming of this I also decided to make my Back and Hips Release playlist available to the public. This series of videos has only been available to my 1-1 clients in the past. In it I give you 1-1 instruction on how to release and activate all the muscles of the core. Giving you the foundation you need to run pain-free.
In Part 2 of Couch to 5k Success Series you will learn:
- that good core training is more than abs
- the job your core is designed to do when you're running
- access to a playlist of exercises given only to my 1-1 clients in the past
Also, during the Q&A section of the video a few specific medical conditions were raised. I was unable to speak to these directly, but have resource links below that address the concerns raised.
PS - if you're doing ab trading to get a six-pack focus more on your diet and sleep to promote fat lose than extra core work.
Abdominal Hernia - I have worked with a number of clients with varied degrees of hernias. Your best course of action is to seek a professional diagnosis to see if you need a surgical repair or if it is safe to work around it. If surgery is not deemed necessary find a local physical therapist or trainer that you can work with 1-1 to learn how to correctly engage your core to avoid further damage.
Diastasis Recti - On-line learning is great. However, if you are unsure if you are doing the exercises correctly I strongly urge you to find a local physical therapist or trainer that you can work with 1-1 to learn how to correctly engage your core to avoid further damage.