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ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part VI

Core Lore & Skitz Core Secrets

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If you have been following this series, then you have a lot to keep you busy for awhile working toward those ripped abs! More importantly, you will be making the trunk of your body stable and strong. Strong arms and legs are great but without a strong center structure from which those limbs sprout from, you are inviting injury and fatigue.

As I said in Part I, if you work your core for no other reason than to prevent back problems, that’s a good enough reason.

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ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part V

Planks reveal the truth about your core strength.

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You wouldn’t think that an exercise where you stay perfectly still could make so many body parts stronger.  There are many versions of the plank, many I will illustrate here. In a nutshell, you straighten your body like a board and hold it there.

This simple exercise works your entire core, back, quads, ankles, arms, shoulders, butt, and brain.  A stationary pose that looks so easy can be downright torturous!  It’s a hoot to see big, strong guys drop to their knees in agony when I challenge them in a plank contest.  I haven’t lost one yet!

If you promise to try these plank variations to improve your core strength, I’ll share a few of my secrets to holding a plank longer in my final post of this series next week.  Then make sure and write me when you challenge Hercules at the gym and win!

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ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part IV

Stability balls and stand up abs challenge the entire body.

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There is no end to the usefulness of a stability ball.  This is one fitness device that has stood the test of time and for good reason.  My favorite uses are for stretching and core work.  So let’s get rolling! Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part III

Using weighted balls

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A weighted ball, from 2 to 8 pounds, is an excellent tool to make core strength training more challenging.  It adds weight to the exercise but also involves balance and coordination.  I suggest using a regular weighted ball with no handles except for the last exercise listed where I recommend a heavier ball with handles. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Bunches of Crunches

Crunches have gotten a bad wrap, not all of which is deserved.

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Most trainers think crunches are a waste of time and have no functional benefit in our daily lives. They are correct. So why do I still do them? Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Working Your Center

Core strength is the most important.

I am often asked how I work my core.  This is the area I feel most comfortable helping others.  This 6 part series is based solely on my personal experience and results that have worked best for me. Consult a professional trainer to modify these exercises to best suit you.

I read that you have to do 250,000 crunches to burn one pound of fat!  Remove a few zeros and you might struggle to lose a few ounces.  No wonder we give up before we start! Read more