Thanks for replying everyone.
In response to Coach Davies, I try to stay aware of my posture when sitting, bending, etc. As dumb as this sounds, what is the proper way to bend for things on the floor? When I sit down or bend, I get a line across where my belly button is...I hate this line! Also, when I sit, what can I do to ensure my posture is aligned properly, etc. HELP! ~
Here is my personal training regimen:
Tues, Thurs, Sat: Plyometrics - involving jumping rope, speed hurdles, sprints, jumps with "Jump Soles", partner assisted stretching, abs using the Swiss ball (lower abs accentuated)
Monday: off day (post game)
Wednesday: Distance run for 30-45 min (if my legs feel ok), stretching, abs w/ swiss ball
Fri: Distance Run, stretching, abs w/ swiss ball
Sunday: Game day (soccer), stretching
For at least 3 days a week I stretch w/ a few people who are top level in karate; so they are very flexible and know how to stretch properly.
I am very fit cardiovascularly and only recently have I started lifting light weights for muscular endurance. I am going to preseason in January (for soccer) so I want to be as prepared as possible. I still would like to increase my flexibility even though it is pretty good right now.
Could you guys point me in the right direction of what stretches, ab exercises, and strengthening techniques I should be doing to improve my posture. Please describe the techniques as in depth as possible (if you have pictures to illustrate this, that would be great).
Pikeking: My feet point straight when I walk. How do I do the jacknife properly? What lower ab exercises can I do that wont involve my hip-flexors, or legs...sometimes I feel my legs get involved too much.
Here are my stats:
5'10, 170 lbs, 10% bf (Id like to reduce this to 5%). If you have other questions or info you need from me to address my problem, please ask and Ill respond regarding it