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Push ups, sit ups, and runners. | Boddicker Performance

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Push ups, sit ups, and runners.

by on Jan 27th, 2009

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A long time ago, when I first wanted to know how to train efficiently, effectively, and intelligently I got a piece of advice that has been instrumental in my development.  I was given a list of books, and was told to keep them around and periodically re-read them as you’ll almost certainly pick up something you forgot or missed the first time.  So I was giving a read of the first book I ever read about running:  John Nepolitan’s Training Profiles.  It is just a big compilation of the training systems of numerous successful high school runners.  This time though I noticed something about their training that I would most definiately change.
It seems that the tendency of athletes’ supplementary training is to do sit up varities and push ups.  Really, you have to look hard to find someone who doesn’t do “sit ups and push ups” for their sole method of strength training in this book, and my guess would be everywhere.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with push ups, per se, but they damn sure aren’t the single exercise I would use.  Looking back to high school and even in college, my coaches really loved pushups and sit ups.  The biggest problem I see is the assymetry between anterior and posterior chain training.  Now days people sit rounded over all day so why would we use our only cross training tools to reinforce bad posture?  Why wouldn’t we use something to help restore proper hip function?  Why wouldn’t we use something to improve T-Spine extension?  If you only have time for two exercises, I encourage you to carefully choose your exercises.  Go Constanza.  Pick something that will improve posture and injury resistance, not further reinforce already poor posture.

Train hard, train smart,

Carson Boddicker

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