As part of the second installment of the sports series, today’s blog will be focusing on the best workouts to get you in shape for hurling. Again, whether you are a seasoned pro or just playing with your friends on the side, the contents of this post is applicable to anybody of any skill level. Hurling is one of the most popular sports in all of Ireland and is fairly unique to the country itself. As the professionalism of GAA clubs have grown over the years, athletes are always looking for that extra bit of conditioning and preparation to prepare them for competition. This purpose of this blog is to provide you with a list of exercises that you can do to prepare yourself for the coming season to be in top physical shape as well as to ensure injury prevention.
- Bear Crawls
Do 5 sets of 10 yards of bear crawling and you will be surprised at how good of a workout it is. Bear crawls are great because it calls on all the intrinsic muscles around the spine, core and hips which are absolutely critical for being strong on the ball and remaining pain free.
- Crab Walking
You may ask what crab walking has to do with being a good hurling player, but crab walking actually works by getting your posterior chain firing. Glute activation is incredibly important for preventing hamstring injuries and you will get plenty of glute activation with this exercise.
- Frog Squat
Frog squats are an exercise that looks simple but are sure to leave your quads burning. Frog sqats are a great warm-up exercise before a match or training as it will work to strengthen your quads, glutes and hamstrings as well as additionally improving the flexibility of your hips.
- Kick Sits
A strong core is absolutely essential for every aspect of hurling and pretty much every other sport as a matter of fact. Initially try 3 sets of 6 reps on each side and continue to build reps and intensity as you get stronger. Kick sits will leave your core burning in no time.