This is Amanda…
She runs the LYNX track sessions on Thursday nights at MRU and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
In a recent blog post, I talked about the benefits of incorporating functional strength training into workout schedules. Although I preach this every off-season, I, personally, have never done it. Until now! For the next 15 weeks, I will be working with Amanda on improving posterior muscle recruitment patterns and core strength. I’ll meet with her for one hour per week and will repeat the exercises we cover one additional time per week.
Amanda explained to me that this type of functional strength training is critical for triathletes “because greater core strength allows us to keep our pelvis stable so the hamstrings & glutes have a stable base to generate power. Further, imagine trying to fire a cannon from a canoe. If you have a weak core, your muscles cannot produce power effectively.” I love this analogy, and it makes so much sense!
Our first session started with a sit-down intake meeting. We discussed short and long-term goals and potential roadblocks. As a coach, I ask my athletes similar questions all the time. As an athlete, however, I don’t often take the time to ask myself the same questions. It was nice to have the tables turned on me. Amanda reminded me that when I enter the gym I need to focus on myself and leave all other distractions at the door. In addition, she spoke about the necessity of positivity – even fake smiles count!
After our meeting, we spent the remaining time in the gym. It’s amazing how much mental focus it takes to do a simple movement properly. I could immediately see the benefit of having a professional watching every move I made. It was hard work, but so awesome, and I feel stronger already. ?
I think the next 14 weeks will be great and I’ll continue to post about my experience.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Amanda Regnier, M.Sc., CSCS
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Exercise Physiologist
- TCR Sport Lab