Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mo Farah - strength training

With the Olympics over it is interesting to look back on some of the performances and their background.  Mo Farah has become a bit of a hero - he comes across as a nice guy and such an amazing athlete.

There has been some good commentary about Farah and how Salazar as his coach got him set up to win gold.  A key thing was strength training:

Salazar said: ‘When Mo came to me 18 months ago, he was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no upper body. At the end of races, he would tire and his head would bob around and his arms would flail.
‘He was the weakest athlete I’d ever trained — in terms of core strength and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a 90lb weakling.
The No 1 thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2187860/Mo-Farah-weakest-athlete-Ive-seen-says-coach-Alberto-Salazar.html#ixzz23Y5ShysW

As ever it is about getting stronger and what that can do for your sport - your posture, gait, endurance....


Gary Conway said...

Great point - virtually all athletes will benefit from some form of strength training - regardless of discipline

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