Gravity Wins


Gravity always wins, sometimes you can cheat it, but eventually it will get you! I have been doing an intensive ageing and exercise study as I am fast approaching Sixty (Next Month). I have been quite focused and dedicated since July save a few jaunts over the pond which interrupted my training) The focus has been on reestablishing a good strength base, focusing on the ability to handle my body weight and a huge core strength emphasis. By and large it has gone well. Still really need to lose at least 10 pounds, but that is another kind of discipline I am trying to find. So the time has come to begin to do more running. So far the focus has been on lower impact stuff like biking and swimming, although we have done a fair bit of agility work. So Saturday is the first running day, it was great! 15 second runs and 15 second walk, felt good, all the moving parts moving. The sensible thing to do would have been to swim or bike or just do core work on Sunday. Who said common sense is common. even verbalized to Mike Lane, my friend who was training with me, how it would be best if we only warmed up and didn’t run too much. That would be too easy. We both had very tight hamstring so we warmed up well and did some jog, skip run progressions and then did circle runs (My theory is that works the lateral hamstring – that is another story) and I felt something in my hip. Ignored and stretched it. It got stiffer as the day went on. Wait it gets better. So we meet mid day Monday for workout. Good warm-up a bit of ABC Ladder and the DB PPS Squat workout plus a 100 meter run after each complex. Bam (as Emeril would say) and the hip went, but of course I finished the workout. Then went for a twenty minute swim, it felt good after that but as the day went on it stiffened up even more. Now I am crawling up the stairs. Probably will not be able to workout today and I am supposed to know what I am doing. Gravity will always win! The moral of this painful tail of stupidity is if in doubt do less. Where is the ASTYM when I need it?

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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