Week One of SSISA’S Grucox Training Programme presented by Futurelife is over and I survived, but I have muscles I didn’t know I had and my glutes hurt when I do anything, even breath! But this is a good thing as apparently, runners are really bad at activating their glutes, which I interpret as we have lazy butts!
Our glutes are the strongest muscle in our body, so it does not make any sense not to use them, right? But oh my word do they hurt when you start using them again. It was difficult going down any stairs, it hurt to sit at my desk, get in and out of my car, and the first few steps of my runs this past week had me groaning and complaining. My running group will tell you it’s like that every week, but don’t believe a word they say!
Despite the discomfort, I can feel this is going to be of benefit in the long run and you have to feel a bit of pain on the road to glory. It’s made me aware of the muscles that help me to be a better runner and that’s a good thing. Every step of my long run on the weekend I was thinking of activating my glutes, of making them do the work that my poor tired hamstrings have been doing all this time.
Each session consists of 20 minutes on the Grucox bikes – I prefer to call it “in the pain cave” and 30 minutes doing strength training exercises which also hurt like hell but are so good for making cores and glutes very strong – the very things we need to make us better runners. And finally, 10 minutes of stretching – the best part! All under the watchful eye of Dr Mike Posthumus, head of SSISA’s High-Performance Centre.
You might be wondering what Grucox stands for – it had me scratching my head. No, it’s not a scientific word for extreme torture, but the orthopaedic surgeon Dr Willem van der Merwe who invented the bike studied at Greys, UCT and Oxford – pretty clever actually – Dr Willem and the acronym!
I’m looking forward to Week Two…sort of. Watch this space!