You Can’t Shoot A Cannon Out Of A Canoe.

You may of heard this famous quote before, it’s banded around often in the strength training world, but what exactly does it mean?

Imagine a canoe…… Now shove a cannon in with you, yes I know its a tight squeeze and probably breaches health and safety directives but bare with me, it’s in your imagination! (if you prefer shove on your imaginary safety goggles and ear protectors.)



Now shoot the cannon…….

The cannon ball won’t go very far and you have probably been shot backwards as well ,(sorry if your imaginary canoe capsized and you got wet, grab an imaginary towel and dry off.)

Now if that cannon was firmly planted on a stable foundation the cannonball would travel much further ( don’t ask why its science ) just sit back and laugh at the guys firing things out of bloody canoes!

So what has any of this got to to do with running?

A stable foundation governs all!

It matters not how big your aerobic engine is if your meat chassis isn’t strong enough to transfer the power! All those little niggles you get in your lower body? more than likely a strength imbalance.

Now more than ever, (with the restrictions on our training due to covid 19) it is a great time to work on those foundations!

Most of the UK is now on partial lockdown and many of us are spending a lot of time at home. Now instead of being melancholic and having a woe is me attitude,be proactive!

It’s a perfect time to work on the small stuff to reap massive rewards in the autumn race season!

A simple bodyweight and core routine done daily is going to pay massive dividends!

You can’t go far wrong with a mixture of

Bodyweight squats
Push ups

What else are you going to do between reruns of friends and impractical jokers?

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