Fitness tips from Lance Armstrong's coach

March 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Someone who helped the cyclist reach his full potential is Peter Park, who is Lance's strength and conditioning coach. Peter, a personal trainer and pro athlete, shares advice on how we can look and feel our best.

Exercises:

Stretch:
1. Good morning hamstring stretch
2. Sitting hip stretch
3. Hip flexor stretch

Core:
1. Front plank progressions
2. Side plank progressions

Strength:
1. Static lunge
2. T push up
3. Bridge

Exercise Tips:

1. Flexibility Means Mobility: It is difficult to strengthen a muscle that is tight. Incorporate a regular stretching routine before and after each training session to ensure your workout gets the best bang for its buck.

2. Focus on the Core: As the center of the body, it helps keep us maintain proper posture, as well as allowing us to maintain proper form while working out.

3. Don't Forget Weight Training: Weight training is a great way to keep your body balanced and make sure your strength is equal, symmetric on both sides. For example, is your right hamstring as strong or flexible as the left? Being balanced enables you to be more fluid athletically and also helps you to avoid injury.

4. Find a Partner in Crime: When you have someone else to help motivate you or someone else relying on you to make good on the evening walk, you are much more likely to stick to your goals.

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About Peter Park:
He is the official strength and conditioning coach for Lance Armstrong, winner of an unprecedented seven Tour de France cycling competitions. Park has trained Armstrong for 10 years while also acting as a personal training and endurance coach for other professional and amateur athletes. In 1998 he opened a Platinum Fitness center in Montecito followed by a second in Summerland in 2006. Park has also experienced personal success as an athlete competing in collegiate volleyball as well as being a pro-triathlete and ultra runner. Between 1990-1995 he took home two World's Toughest Triathlon titles and five top ten finishes in Ironman competitions. He holds three Catalina 50 mile championship course records in ultra running and three nine trails championship course records, also in ultra running. Park received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is certified as a personal trainer. Park lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Kelly and two children Hayden and Carter.


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