Comparing Yourself to Others- by Coach Heather

Comparing Yourself to Others- by Coach Heather

What does it mean to be a “bad” athlete? To me there is no such thing. We are all human and want to be our best. We want to PR, improve, feel better, be leaner. We (including myself) can and at times are our own worst enemies. We compare ourselves to others and their times or what our times were prior to an injury or life happening. We check out where our competitors are and want to be at their level. We want to be back to where we were before life took over. We have to start where we are at. Not every race is going to go 100% as planned. Our bodies will fatigue, strategies don’t work out, etc. I am Training for 2018 Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.. It is an honor to be able to go as part of Team USA to race on behalf of the USA! My goal is to be in the top 10 in my age group. Last year, life took over and now my run times are a little slower. I had a few injuries but they happened for a reason. Do I want to be where I was at a 7 minute mile…absolutely. It’s going to take some work to get back there. I had a reality check by my Coach just yesterday. I want to compare myself to where I used to be instead of working on where I am at. I have to let go of the stresses of life and just take it one workout at a time and one day at a time....
Exercise of the Week:  Dolphin

Exercise of the Week: Dolphin

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Dolphin. This pose has been called the “forgotten pose” in yoga.  It isn’t used as much as it used to be.  It is an excellent strength and stability exercise.  It strengthens arms, core, lower back and legs.  Stretches the legs, arches and opens the chest and shoulders. Begin by placing forearms in front of you.  Close enough that the opposing hand can “hug” the other arm.  Then clasp hands in front.  Place feet down and slowly walk to the front of the mat.  Relaxed shoulders, pulling belly button in to your spine.  Coach Kristie is demonstrating a beginner level of this pose.  For increased difficulty the feet can be even closer to the front of the mat. Once in the start position drive forward moving the head and shoulders over the clasped hands.  Return to start position.  For increased difficulty you can drive forward and down, resting the top of your head on the mat between your arms.  Repeat this move working up to 20...
Exercise of the Week:  Bird Dog

Exercise of the Week: Bird Dog

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Bird Dog.  This exercise targets all of the abdominal muscles and lower back. On your knees looking at the floor, have hands on the floor beneath the shoulders, neck and spine should be relaxed.  Extend opposing arm and leg, your arm should not be seen in your peripheral vision. Hold for 4 sets of 30 seconds (each side), working up to one minute.  Once you are are able to master the timed bird dog, for increased difficulty, laterally move the extended limbs 10 degrees to the side. This is a small, controlled, movement. Return to start.  Work up to 4 sets of 20 reps each side....

Exercise of the Week: Monster Walks

Coach Kristie demonstrates the exercise of the week, Monster Walks. Using tubes (as shown), or with a resistance band around the ankles stand with feet shoulder width apart, then step to the side, then return to start position.   Repeat for 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions on one side, then switch to the other. You can monster walk to the side, the front and back or even in a “box” where you step front, side, back, then the other side.   You can also continue to move in the direction of the walk vs returning to the start. This exercise is one every runner and cyclist should have in their arsenal.  Great for glute and hip strength to prevent imbalances due to the repetitive nature of running and...
Exercise of the Week:  Lawnmowers

Exercise of the Week: Lawnmowers

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Lawnmowers.  The exercise is shown using hand weights, it can also be performed using resistance bands as well as a cable machine.  Another variation of this workout can be done with one knee on a bench, today’s demonstration is standing. This exercise uses back and arm muscles to pull the weight up, while the legs work as stabilizers. The back muscles that are activated in this exercise are your latissimus dorsi, the largest back muscle, as well as the rhomboid major and minor, teres major, rear deltoid and trapezius. Stand with legs apart, the deeper into a lunge position you go will add difficulty to this exercise.  Front leg bent, body hinged forward at the waist, opposing arm from front leg holding your weight.  Pull the dumbbell up to your shoulder while rotating the upper body.  Return to the starting position, that is one repetition. Work up to 4 sets of 12 reps.      ...