on August 14, 2012
at 08:21 PM
Your core muscles are exercised by most every other exercise you do. It's not necessary to do them everyday. Work on the rest of your body more and your core follows.
Focus on your core when you're doing ANYTHING... squats, deadlifts... bench press... even dumbbell overhead presses. Pullups/chinups! It's endless.
on August 15, 2012
at 01:10 AM
The key is "core exercises"... not just crunches. If you are doing exercises that require stabilization of the abdomen, its a core exercise. Planks and bridges, and leg raises CAN do that, just make sure you are using good form. I think what everyone was getting at is: using your leg or arm movements as resistance against your core (i.e. concentrating at stabilizing during complex movements) is a great way to build up endurance and strength to you core to help support your spine and posture. You should do functional type exercises, not just focusing on specific muscles. Your muscles almost NEVER work on an individual basis, except when focusing on them while working out. For overall strength, make sure to incorporate exercises that mimic common tasks and every day movements. They will work the muscles that work, but are harder to isolate. IMHO.
on August 14, 2012
at 09:07 PM
I think that proper core training (not just crunches and sit ups) is overlooked the majority of the population. Having a strong core is absolutely necessary to be functionally strong in other areas. I do not know of an elite track and field, gymnast, swimming, football, soccer, or tennis athlete that does not place a strong emphasis on core training. Lifting weights alone is simply not enough.
A bosu ball would be a good investment, as it will immediately add a large number of exercises to your arsenal. A heavy rock or a med-ball is also be nice to have a round. complete that with a door frame or a pull up bar, and you're set. The doorframe would be for hanging leg raises. I do them every morning from my bathroom, and think it's a great all around exercise that's something to master. It will help bring out your adonis belt (which IMHO, is the most masculine feature a guy can possess), and it will also work your PC muscle if done properly. This muscle loses tone as we age, so it's good to work and keep it functioning. It is partly responsible for the strength of your orgasm, as well as ejaculation control (i.e. how long you can last). Every guy should master this exercise for obvious reasons (I know a girl who says the exercise gets her off..whether this is true or not I don't know, I haven't seen her doing them).
I'm all for abs training, and do core workouts about 4x per week. As mentioned above, I do hanging leg raises and back bridges every morning as part of my morning ritual. Your core is the source of your strength, and this is why virtually every elite athlete (track and field, soccer, football, swimmers, gymnasts, etc) do direct core workouts in addition to their event specific training.