Guest Blogger Eric Jorgensen
Here’s the thing: We runners can often neglect a massive chunk of the 639 muscles in our bodies, and there is one group of muscles that might hold to key to making us better runners, and they’re not in our legs.
I try my best to round out my fitness with resistance training, yet I am still guilty of muscle neglect. It started my freshman year of high school (1999). You see, something huge happened that year; something that would alter the course of fitness history—Fight Club premiered. That was the first time a lot of the world noticed Brad Pitt’s famous physique and his ridiculous abs. That was also the time men of every age started doing crunches until they vomited, because did you SEE Brad Pitt??
My freshman year of high school, I was super guilty of abs obsession. I’d wake up—abs. Weights class at school—abs. Practice—abs. Bed time—abs. This is not at all how to develop Brad Pitt abs, but what did I know? Today, I would say because of Fight Club and the following abs insanity, my core is proportionally stronger than the rest of my body. For a runner, that’s actually not a terrible thing.
During The 2011 San Francisco Marathon, my core maintained good posture. My shoulders did not—I had neglected them in training, specifically my posterior shoulder muscles, and during the marathon my shoulders fatigued and slouched forward. This made me feel more tired, and then I started feeling pain in my shoulders and neck. This needed to be fixed.
Luckily for me there is a genius in my midst—a man named Wayne Jackson. Wayne is a trainer at my gym whom I consult every couple months. He […]