Hi, I’m Jerry Shreck and I have been a Division I Collegiate Head Strength Coach for past 13 years. Over that time, I have trained literally 1000’s of athletes, developed and worked with professional athletes, and done much work in the area of injury prevention techniques. Before this I worked for three years as a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer/Strength Coach at a very athletic Jr. and Sr. High School. What I have learned over the years is that there are many ways to train athletes and believe me; I have made many mistakes during this time.
We ALL know that the most important area of an athlete’s body is their CORE musculature. Heck, that is all you ever hear about. Everyone has an opinion and some study which always ends up with….. but more research has to be done.
Hey, I wish it was as easy to just tell an athlete to go and do 100 sit-ups and your core training for the day is good, but that’s just not going to give athletic results.
“CORE” is more than just ABS. It is the mid-section between your chest and hip flexors, your upper back to your glutes, and the entire area around the sides of your torso.
By this explanation, you clearly see that sit-ups are just not going to get it done. I want to be clear that your abdominal muscles are very important, but more importantly your entire mid-section needs to work together for maximum results. I worked with a professional baseball pitcher once and he was a closer for a major league team. His abdominal mid-section was not “defined” and if you saw him out on the street you would never think he was a professional…
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