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MC2 CORE

From Steve Edwards’ blog as he reveals more about the upcoming P90X:MC2 workouts:

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I’m not necessarily going to post these workouts in sequence but mc2 Core is going to be the first workout on the schedule. This will remind those who’ve done P90X Lean of opening with Core/Syn but this workout is even more applicable to the journey of this particular program.

To talk about what’s right with this workout I need to begin by explaining what’s wrong with us. We are out of balance, which is not just because we watch too much TV and don’t exercise enough(I explained yesterday most injuries are due weakness in hip and shoulder stability). Our general lifestyle activities create imbalances because certain muscles in your kinetic chain take over movements that were once done by other, smaller muscles. The longer this goes on the worse it gets, and training can even exacerbate the situation by making the active muscles stronger, thus creating greater imbalances.

To combat this we’re changing the platform that you training on to create instability in order to force these forgotten muscles back into action. When you free these stabilizer muscles to fire it allows the muscles that were doing double duty to work more efficiently and, thus, your performance increases before you’ve seen any tangible muscle strength increase. Furthermore, for those of you only interested in how you look in the mirror, this forces your body back into the alignment it was born with so that you’re appearance will improve, too.

The keywords you’ll hear in this workout are open and engagement—especially if Steve Holmsen’s cueing takes effect on Tony. In order to keep your body stable you’ll be forced to engage areas that may be foreign to you, which is all designed around getting your body to open up. We tend to get smaller in life and training the wrong way can exacerbate as your force your body to finish exercises without good form. As your muscles contract you get smaller, and our natural tendency is to continually force them at expense of our posture. So a cue you’re going to hear a lot about is staying open during a movement.

To answer a couple of inevitable questions: it’s called a core workout because you are learning to engage your core in every movement that you do. If you learn to properly engage you core, and stay open as you move, your body’s potential for improvement will dramatically increase.

The other question I know you’ve got; is this going to get me pumped and force me to bring it? In a word: yes. While you do spend a lot of time balanced in precarious stances there’s plenty of resistance movement to make you sweat and have you screaming to finish sets. At least that’s how it is for me.

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Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Brad, I definitely will. Judging by my workout and what i've heard of others, I suspect you will want (not "need", but want) some medicine balls and a stability ball. However, I suspect they will provide modified moves that enable you to do the whole program with very little equipment (a la P90X since that's one of the big selling points).

Coach Brad
Coach Brad

Hey Wayne, got a question for ya. I know it is still early, but maybe you can put a word in for us die hards. What if any additional equipment will we need for MC2? It would be nice to have a heads up so we can get things in line ahead of time Thanks, Brad

Deanna Bullock
Deanna Bullock

Michael P Thanks for the heads up on the video. I went to Steve Edwards blog "The Straight Dope" and watched it. Something clicked. I hadn't ever thought of my workouts as being "the game" and that I can/should practice the moves that I am weak at, like military pushups, before and after the game if I'm ever going to get better at them. Practicing military pushups and wide front pull ups will help me get better at them during "the game" aka the workout and will help with my shoulder flexibility and stability. Thanks for pointing out this video so I could have an ahh haa moment. Deanna

Indo
Indo

Coach, Breathe, Breathe, And Beathe some more... NEVER stop breathing ! In the (now) Immortalized words of Dreya Weber: "Do NOT hold your Breath!"

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Wayne... you have now been casted for the new Yoga just because you hate it so much! muahhahahaha

Coach Bruce
Coach Bruce

The wait is killing me. Wow I feel like a little kid waiting on Christmas morning!

Isaac
Isaac

Examples? Videos? How can i access these?

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Isaac, on Steve Edwards' blog itself (link in the first preview I posted) he had a video today about rock climbing. There are no example videos of the workouts if that's what you are thinking!

Michael P
Michael P

Have you seen the video that goes with today's post? Those are some SICK moves on the boulder!

Deanna Bullock
Deanna Bullock

I tried to do the example from yesterday to determine the flexibility of my shoulders (no problems with my hips) and my left shoulder is much more flexible than my right. I know this is because of a fall I took on the ice onto my right shoulder a couple of years ago. Any suggestions for increasing shoulder flexibility over and above P90X moves? Deanna

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Deanna, I'm not sure! You might want to ask a physical therapist. I only do the typical stretches associated with the workouts, and they work for me.

Nick Loeffler
Nick Loeffler

Just curious Coach. What are your weak areas?

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Nick, I have to keep those secret or Tony might try to exploit them! LOL! Actually, keep this between us, but it's stretching and yoga .... I SUCK at stretching and yoga!!!