Effects of 8 Weeks Core Strength Training on Core Muscle Strength among Young Male Cyclists
Sport Science, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Stephanie Chok Sport Science, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah Malaysia
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This study aimed to determine whether 8 weeks of a core strength training program with three sessions weekly can improve cyclists' core muscle strength. Six healthy male junior cyclists (age 15.8 ± 1 years, mass 62 ± 4 kg, height 170.2 ± 6 cm) volunteered for the study. Participants were instructed to perform five types of core exercises per session for a total of 24 sessions. For every session, each movement was performed in 20 repetitions for three sets. Comparison of pre-and post-test data revealed significantly greater (p < 0.05) gains in this case study. These results suggest that it is important for coaches to incorporate core strengthening exercises in their training routines.