Kevin Keating – Working the Core
Kevin was a long-time runner and triathlete who by 2009 had had two arthroscopies on the same ankle and had developed chronic pain in his left hip. He usually ran three days a week, doing a tempo run, a long run, and speed work, with total volume around 20-35 miles. He also swam on his run days, and cycled three days a week for anywhere from an hour to 5 hours. But Kevin had never done any consistent core work.
Starting in the fall of 2009, he incorporated strength training and core work into his routine on alternating days, doing floor work, cables, and free weights.
His fitness and health has improved dramatically. He reported feeling stronger in everything he did, and the core work helped alleviate my hip pain. His form in all three triathlon disciplines improved, and he found that he was able to hold that form longer, especially when training at high intensity.
“Overall, I’ve felt like a different athlete,” says Kevin. “And I’ve got the results to prove it. In just one year I took five minutes off my Olympic distance race time, and I lowered my time in the 10k by two minutes. I’ve also completed my first marathon.”