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  •  I think it is funny that most people... (9+ / 0-)

      who want to have great abs do so many crunches. The plank exercise is much better for building a strong core. It must come from the folks who think situps is a great exercise.

      My dog is an outside dog except at night when I crate him inside. Normally when I exercise, I'll have music rather loud and the cat never even comes into the same room.

    "Training is simply a stimulus being applied to the body with the purpose of getting a specific adaptation." Craig Ballantyne

    by NC Dem on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 08:00:57 AM PDT

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    •  My trainer is fond of supersetting them (6+ / 0-)

      It makes a lethal combination. Push-ups (which, done right, are actually a good core exercise) superset with planks. Situps/crunches superset with v-holds. Ouch. I can't argue with the results, though.

      To do a v hold, lie down face up. Keeping your legs straight, lift your feet in the air about a foot and simultaneously lift your torso in the air to about the same height. Keep your neck and back straight. Keep your arms up, and hold as long as you can. It can be difficult to get these right, because of the need to stay balanced, but once you have the balance down they're lethal. They target your whole core, but especially the lowest abdominal muscles.

      Government is not instituted for the good of the governor, but of the governed; and power is not an advantage, but a burden. -Algernon Sidney

      by James Robinson on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 08:12:48 AM PDT

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      •  An easier form of the inverted V... (5+ / 0-)

          is to do it while sitting on an exercise bench. Simply grab the bench in the front with both hands and then lean backwards at about a 45 degree angle. Lift the feet off the floor and hold this position with a upper to lower body angle of about 120 degrees.
          Extend this even more by pulling the legs into the body and then slowly extending them back out but never allowing them to hit the floor. This is excellent for the very low abs directly above the pubic area. Many folks perform crunches that focus on the upper abs but this is the single best exercise for the lower abs.

        "Training is simply a stimulus being applied to the body with the purpose of getting a specific adaptation." Craig Ballantyne

        by NC Dem on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 08:22:35 AM PDT

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    •  My physical therapist told me (6+ / 0-)

      crunches are terrible for the body and nobody should ever do them. I used to be able to hold a plank, even a side plank, pretty long. I haven't tried in a long time, though. I just got down on my floor here at work - I need to start working on it.

      I used to wonder why somebody didn't do something, then I realized I am somebody.- unknown

      by Brimi on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 08:25:32 AM PDT

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      •  Hmmm, I don't think I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think a good test for an exercise is whether or not it causes you pain (not to be confused with soreness!) Maybe they are not good for some but they work for me.

        •  I think the problem is (2+ / 0-)
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          that a tiny handful of exercises are constantly in the public's face.  (Due to advertising and celebrity fitness gurus and such...)  Like drug ads, the public sees something and wants it and the market accommodates this.  Instead of well rounded programs being offered, you get a small number of highly visible and familiar exercises and various devices sold to the public.

          NC Dem has pointed out that overworking one set of muscles without working the set(s) that balance and oppose them generally leads to some level of imbalance.  Everything in moderation.  Everything in balance.

          Show me the POLICY!

          by Fabian on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 01:53:43 AM PDT

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