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Q&A: What Ab Exercises are Better than Crunches?

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Q:  Sometimes, especially after playing sports, I feel muscle spasms and tightness in my stomach. Is it because my usual ab routine is pretty "crunch heavy." Are there any better alternative exercises?

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Tags: Pillar strength, Abs, Q&A, Hip Flexors


Abs Answers


Having trouble getting that washboard stomach you want? When striving for a six-pack, focus on these three key elements.

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Tags: Pillar strength, Weight Loss, Abs, Q&A

The Performance Life

Gabby Reece at the Top of Her Game

Gabby Reece is training for her next big challenge, but these days it doesn’t involve skying for blocks on Manhattan Beach, but winning a game in her own kitchen.

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Tags: Home, Volleyball, Family


Q&A: Weight Vest for Footwork Drills

Scott Wachter

Q: I recently purchased a 20-pound weighted vest. Is it wise to perform agility and footwork drills while wearing it? If so, what are the potential benefits and or drawbacks to using this piece of equipment? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Tags: Multidirectional Movement, Q&A, Agility, Weighted Vest, Training

The Performance Life

My New Outlook

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Sometimes you find inspiration when you least expect it. After making quite a dramatic change in my life a week and a half ago, I kept looking for a new challenge.

I was considering running track for my college, joining a local men’s soccer team, and even trying out as a pinch runner for our baseball team, all of which seemed like good options.

But nothing gave me that spark of enthusiasm I needed, and it showed in my daily routine: I stopped following my exercise regimen, was falling back into bad eating habits, forgot about my multivitamin, and as a result had no energy and felt sick. I had hit a rough patch.

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Tags: College, Running, Race, Goals


11 Ways to Run Faster

Scott Wachter

One of the training methods used to improve speed in sports is known as sprint-assisted training. The idea behind sprint-assisted training is to increase your stride rate by forcing your body to perform at a higher level than would be possible without assistance. Sprint-assisted training produces this effect by getting the nervous and muscular systems used to higher contraction rates. After several weeks, the nervous system allows you to continue these higher rates without any help. Research shows that your number of steps taken per second and the length of your stride can improve after 4-8 weeks of sprint-assisted training.

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Tags: Acceleration, Speed, Training, Sports Performance


Q&A: How to Comeback from Jumper's Knee

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Q: My doctor recently diagnosed me with "jumper's knee" and told me that my knee tends to move in. What exercises should I be doing to strengthen my knee and the muscles around it so I can stop missing time on the basketball court?

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Tags: Injury, Basketball, Rehabilitation, Q&A, Regeneration, Reduce Pain, Knee

Play Better

Why Football Players Dance So Well

When Warren Sapp joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars,” many people scoffed. How would a former defensive lineman who has weighed more than 330 pounds possibly compete on the dance floor?

That Sapp has become the latest former NFL star to thrive on the show does not surprise Ken Croner. The Athletes’ Performance coach, who has worked with NFL pros such as Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, and Deuce McAllister, believes the moves on the football field translate well to the dance hall.

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Tags: Mini Band, Hurdles, Acceleration, Football, Agility, Deceleration, Balance

In the News

Sue Falsone Makes History

As the first female physical therapist in Major League Baseball, Sue Falsone helps the Los Angeles Dodgers players avoid injury and stay in the game with the same methods used at Core Performance. In this video, she talks about what it feels like to make history, and what it takes to keep your muscles and joints strong and healthy. 

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Tags: Baseball, Rehabilitation, Goals, Women

The Performance Life

Moving on to New Challenges

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This past week, I was forced to make one of the toughest decisions in my life. Because I felt like I was compromising my academic success by playing soccer, which had turned from a stress release to a stress factor over the past weeks, I met with my coach to inform him I would not be playing for the rest of this season. The move, surprisingly and to my happiness, was met with understanding from my teammates and many people I have talked to since my decision.

So what’s next? Physical activity will still be a way for me to clear out my head, as evidenced by the 30-minute run I went on this morning.

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Tags: College, Pressure, Goals



Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.


3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.