Thursday, May 9, 2013

Corrective functional what?

Corrective functional training (AKA core functional training). Tabata training. These were new words added to my vocabulary when David and I had our first meeting with Niki (one "k") at Form to talk about our training plan and goals for Åre Extreme. Having never met with a personal trainer before, I was a bit nervous about this meeting. My biggest fear was that I was going to walk away with a 7 day a week, 90 minute per day bootcamp plan which was either going to result in severe pain and/or a long series of arguments at home revolving around how much time I was spending preparing for this race. But all of my worries went right out the door when Niki said to us that the two most important things about these training plans have to be that:

  1. They are achievable, and 
  2. They are achievable without guilt. 
I remember thinking "Oh thank god."

I mean, David and I are both dads with younger children (all less than 9), we have full time jobs as managers at a company where long hours are the norm rather than the exception, and now we are going to train for this competition. Niki recognized this immediately and pointed out that this is a challenge for us, and that we need a plan that we can do on hours that don't take away from family time. And even better, he was optimistic that he can create such a plan.

We're going to focus on two areas: inner core strength (not six pack strength, but working the core muscles that lead to good posture) and cardiovascular capacity via interval training. And we're going to work on individual plans, since David has done extended multi-sport competitions before, but this will be my first. (Great choice for a first triathalon!) Niki's goal is to get us fit, but also to get our team into balance, and his realistic expectations add to my belief that even normal people can do "Extreme Challenges". 

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