Abs-olut­ley burn­ing to meet chal­lenge

Mum and re­porter JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN is tak­ing on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of her life train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km. She re­ports on her progress.

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Ithink there is a rea­son ab­dom­i­nal sounds very sim­i­lar to abom­inable. Any­thing to do with ex­er­cis­ing the core is painful, un­com­fort­able, tor­tu­ous.

After a few months of ex­er­cise, I have started to no­tice a slight change in parts of my body.

I can do up but­tons on pants I pre­vi­ously had to tuck the fat into and T-shirts are sit­ting on me with a lit­tle less cling.

But my stom­ach is still a bit of an is­sue and in train­ing my abs have been a bit ne­glected.

NRG Health and Fit­ness gu­rus tell me im­prov­ing core strength will help with run­ning, so I could put it off no longer. My abs needed at­ten­tion.

I had been do­ing the odd bit here and there but, as Terry Davis found out once be­fore, leav­ing me to fly solo doesn’t re­ally work.

I had been go­ing to the gym and fol­low­ing a pro­gramme which in­cluded car­dio, weights and abs . . . But by the time I got to the ab part of the work­out I was tired, bored with my­self and be­fore I knew it my legs had a life of their own and were run­ning out the door be­fore I could say ‘‘plank’’.

Un­less I had a per­sonal trainer I was hope­less.

From the cor­ner of my eye, I had spot­ted groups do­ing Tribe classes in the morn­ing. It was sug­gested I have a go do­ing TribeCORE which I have now been do­ing for about four weeks.

I’m not one to suf­fer in si­lence, so as we are made to plank, do band crunches, swiss ball re­verse crunches, bi­cy­cle crunches, ham­string curls, ket­tle bell swings . . . and other weird and won­der­ful ex­er­cises that pull, stretch and burn— the an­i­mal noises and grunts re­turned with a vengeance.

For some­thing buried un­der a sig­nif­i­cant layer of lard, those abs let me know they are there and they want out.

Group classes might not be for every­body but for me it is a much more ef­fec­tive way of get­ting me to do some­thing I would rather run scream­ing from.

They are struc­tured and var­ied; you get mo­ti­va­tion and en­cour­age­ment from oth­ers also in pain and support from an in­struc­tor who not only makes sure you are do­ing ex­er­cises cor­rectly but pushes you to the limit. ◗ I plan on head­ing out to the Cromwell Bike Park Fundraiser at Low­burn on Sun­day if any­one cares to join me for a lap. For de­tails go to face­book.com/ pages/Cromwell-Bike-Park/ 1385969278316931?ref=br_tf

Pain for gain: Re­porter Jo Mcken­zie-McLean feels the burn dur­ing a TribeCORE class at NRG Health and Fit­ness in Cromwell.

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