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    Hi Rip,

    A few weeks back, towards the end of the British summer, I was on the beach with my wife, my teenage daughter and her friend. The girls were messing around doing acrobatic stuff (or at least attempting to do so) and they challenged me to do something 'impressive'. Not being the acrobatic sort and not being keen on sending myself to hospital proving it, I offered to do a plank with wife and daughter lying on top of me. I succeeded in doing this for about 30 seconds, which was deemed impressive enough for me not to get pressurised into trying something which would put me into hospital for the night.

    And from a training perspective, this plank actually felt useful - it used the abs in their primary stabilisation function and was hard work in a short period of time.

    Given it's not practical for my wife and daughter to come to the gym with me three times a week to lie on my back for a plank or two in the final 5 minutes of my workout (and I've yet to work out a safe way to add my bodyweight to my back in the absence of family members), this got me thinking about other 'useful' ab exercises as alternatives. [And by 'useful' I mean work which could help the main lifts - in the same way that back extensions are a useful assistance exercise for the opposite side of the c**e than the abs.]

    On the forum, I've seen recommendations for planks, ab-wheel rollouts, even dragon flags and you've mentioned the 90 degree sit-up contraption (which don't have in my gym), and I've also tried L-sits (which seem like a decent use of 30 seconds x2 at the end of a session) and I just wondered what your thinking was on 'useful' ab work these days, and whether this has moved on at all in recent years?

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    Why do you think your abs are strong enough to do a 30-second 200-pound loaded plank having done no specific ab work?

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    Learn to do heavy presses. If you do them right, with the correct body movement, your abs should be SORE after a heavy press workout. This is abs doing what they're designed to do: stabilize the trunk and allow for the effective transmission of force from the ground and hips through the extremities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Sullivan View Post
    Learn to do heavy presses. If you do them right, with the correct body movement, your abs should be SORE after a heavy press workout. This is abs doing what they're designed to do: stabilize the trunk and allow for the effective transmission of force from the ground and hips through the extremities.
    So much this! Pre-lockdown when I was lifting my heaviest weights, my doc told me that I needed to make sure I was doing my core exercises. I actually laughed, then asked her if she's ever pressed her bodyweight+ and felt the results the next day.

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    Thanks Rip - I suspected when I pressed 'send' that that might be your response. And, of course, you're right - as I smiled to myself on the beach having impressed my sceptical family - and I wasn't surprised that I could do it.

    Sully - thanks, that's a good point. My press is going ok at the moment on a post-lock-down/back in the gym LP, but I'm sensing the end of the LP and my abs aren't sore after a press workout at the moment. So, I'll look at that.

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    Now I will say, presses aside, that if you want something that makes your abs burn the next day thatís still somewhat productive and consistent with SS programming, do some heavy front squats on your light squat day.

    Thoseíll make your abs burn like no other.

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    My daughter (11 years old) is always telling me that I need to add core exercises to my training. She is in a dance ensemble and they do a lot of crunches and planks. I tell her that I work my core with the barbell.

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    You obviously do not spank your child.

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