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post #7 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2009, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by xeberus View Post
I do I was just trying to be funny, my doctor gave me these "tussicaps" which have hydrocodone in em and im kinda loopy.

The core muscles include not only those in your abdominals and back, but also muscles in your pelvic floor and hips. Many of your core muscles can't be seen because they're buried underneath other muscles. The transverse abdominis, for example, is hiding underneath your rectus abdominis (your six-pack, if you've got one) and encases, or hugs the whole area below the belly button. While the rectus abdominis is sitting on top looking good (that is, if you've been doing your crunches), the transverse abdominis is working hard, keeping your posture upright and protecting many of your internal organs. You can't see the erector spinae, either - it's behind you, supporting your back. And did you know that those pelvic floor muscles aid in stabilizing your spine? All these muscles, and more, work together to keep your trunk stable while your limbs are active. Strong core muscles keep your back healthy. They hold your body upright, improve your balance and enable you to really put some oomph in your arm and leg movements. If the core muscles are weak, your body doesn't work as effectively, and other muscles have to pick up the slack. This can result in injuries such as a twisted knee, a pulled shoulder, or your classic "bad back." A weak core can make you old before your time. With a strong core, you may be old in years, but you won't walk old. If you're young and active in sports, a strong core will aid you in your power moves, and your whole body will function more effectively.

^ copy pasta

Also google has a few testing methods but to big to post (or im to lazy)
The reason I asked is because I started to think I have good core strength. I have never broken a bone except when I got run over by a car, my ankle sprained. And I'm not big and I can't bench press a lot or anything like that, but when I go to the back lifting machine, I put it on at 50% - 75% of the stack and do 40-50 reps. I always thought it was weird that I can only do usually 25% - 40% of the stack on other machines @ 10 reps but then when I get to the back machine I can go crazy. I'm going to try and do the entire stack today when I go to the gym and see what happens, I think it's 270lbs but I'm not sure.

Thanks for the copypasta :]
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