Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 44: Personal Trainer

I had a session with my Personal Trainer, Steve Groven, this evening. The focus was, as usual, core strengthening, but there was also a large focus on arm strengthening as well. I was going to tell Steve that I don't think this is necessary or appropriate for the kind of shape I want my body to be in but I never really got to it...

I am a heavy guy, and although a lot of that weight is straight up muscle in my legs, which is good, there is quite a bit from my arms as well. Personally I think my arms are more muscular and bulky than I need them to be. At the most I think that pushups are about as far as I should go right now in terms of upper body (arm) strengthening. Next time I have a session with him I will mention this and we will steer clear form the arms as much as possible. My core on the other hand, needs a lot of work. It is no where near supportive enough of the rest of my body, and it is definitely a downfall for me on the bike. The weaker it is, the faster it becomes fatigued. The more fatigued it becomes, the more my form on the bike is ruined and becomes inefficient which obviously hurts my performance. This is what I will be working on for the rest of the week as I take my break from the bike.

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