Sprint Training

A sure harbinger of spring is the start of Spring Training in Florida and Arizona. Spring training is that period of time for the athletes to get into baseball playing shape and prepare for the rigors of a long competitive baseball season. They start throwing and hitting, do a little running, work on their fielding, and play a few games. In other words prepare.

There is a lesson here for us as we start to reawaken from winter hibernation and start looking forward to our warmer weather activities. It’s important that we prepare our bodies for the resumption of our spring and summer routines. Many of our clients engage in recreational activities such as golf, tennis, hiking, gardening, biking, and the occasional road race. All of these require the use of muscles that have been dormant or little used for months. In order to avoid injury and build strength and stamina to fully enjoy our recreational pursuits it is imperative that we do a little spring training.


My recommendation is to start with some simple exercises targeting the core. The core includes all the muscles that attach to our hips, lower back, and pelvis. This is not just our abdominal muscles, the infamous abs. The abs are part of the core as are the hip flexors, extensors, adductors, abductors, the spine extensors, and the multifidus.

All of these various muscles work to stabilize our spine as we go through our daily activities. A weak or unbalanced core puts at risk for injury, arthritis, perturbed motor patterns, and pain.

That Gym Guy’s Spine Stabilization Program consist of the following exercises done in a specific pattern:

• Cat & Camel

• Dog Pointer

• Side Plank

• Abdominal Stiffening

• Bridges

• Side Laying Leg Raises

• Plank

This routine takes only 5 to 7 minutes to complete and is easy to learn and implement. Follow the link to our website www.ThatGym Guy.com click on the Federal Hill Gazette tab located at the top of the page and you will be directed to download our FREE Spine Stabilization Program with full descriptions and illustrations of the exercises. Spend a little time getting your core in shape and you will be ready to go full speed ahead without fear of injury.


Stay Strong and Healthy,

Peter Holmes,

That Gym Guy



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