The program I am on these days has been calling for some pretty awesome core exercises; and, along with my personal additions I am feeling stronger and stronger through my midsection every day! Windmills (like the pic above), unilateral farmers walks,jackknives, Pallof press, and weighted roll outs all demand such unique engagement of the core, and the structure of them all has had insane results. I have also added 2-3 times per week a little ab and push up routine along with my morning runs. I hit toes to bar, straight sit ups, GHD sit ups, bicycle crunches and some planks here and there with those. Then 2-3 times per week I do the two transverse abdominal exercises suggestion by Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Body. The conclusion? Do core work people!
Of course I could go on for days geeking out about the best stuff to do and why certain things are better for you depending on who you are and what you need. But this is all about just throwing out the idea that core work should NOT be passed over. You don;t need to do it as much as I am doing it, hell, just mixing in some basics throughout the week would suffice. But don't avoid any of it. A weak core will result in weak lifts and most likely some form of injury, very quickly.
Add a little circuit of planks, side planks and mountain climbers (4 rounds of 30 seconds each) post-workout, and just like that, good things begin to happen!
My workouts today started off with some 60% 40 meter sprints (8 of them), some modified handstand push ups, some toes to bar, some hurdles, some bar skin the cats and that was it! Then later, I hit deadlifts (5x1 at 447#) and some additional posterior chain support along with band resisted jackknives. Then it was a 7-mile bike ride on my single speed to have dinner with Ori, and 7 miles back! An wonderfully active day!
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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