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Old 05-31-2007, 08:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice post, I'll reply later with some helpful links/info about how to strengthen your core even more
Thanks. I think you know much more than I do about the weight-lifting aspects of increasing core strength. Together we can make this thread a beaut.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks. I think you know much more than I do about the weight-lifting aspects of increasing core strength. Together we can make this thread a beaut.
Definitely. It's all about variety and different approaches. I'll write up a reply tonight to this when I have some time. I'll rep you for this post too, looks like it took some time and it has some very helpful info, thanks a lot
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Great post. Repped. May your pee continue to flow freely.
As long as I'm drinking 4 litres of water a day, 3 pots of coffee and plenty of beer, and guzzling water melon, I think I'll be fine. Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Repped! great post
I have one question pitching throwing a ball does it help core strenghth?
Yep, if it's like medicine ball it should do. To get maximum benefit you will need to get a lot of motion in the torso, and a really good range of movement in the arms as well. The key with all core strength exercises is to get leverage against your spine, so that you have to active your core in order to stabilize it.

If you throw a medicine ball, catch it or reach out and give it to someone/take it from someone, when your arms are stretched the weight has a lot of leverage. As you bring it in towards your body the leverage reduces, and so will your core activiation.

A friend of mine described a very nice exercise that they used to do in the British army, which was basically to play Basketball with a medicine ball, just keeping position and passing, with no shooting. Moving the ball around through all those positions, passing and catching would be very good for core strength as well as muscle stamina.
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As far as picking up/carrying heavy objects goes - wouldn't that be bad for your back? I've always thought that hoisting a nice big heavybag up on my shoulders or above my head would be a good addition to my core exercises, but I've always been afraid to start doing it because I didn't want to injure my back.
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As far as picking up/carrying heavy objects goes - wouldn't that be bad for your back? I've always thought that hoisting a nice big heavybag up on my shoulders or above my head would be a good addition to my core exercises, but I've always been afraid to start doing it because I didn't want to injure my back.
Better not go outside then, dont want to get hit by a car.

You worry too much, good technique will go along way towards preventing accidents. But...effective training carries a risk, if you train hard then sooner or later you WILL get injured. But it sure beats sitting on the couch!
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:19 AM   #18 (permalink)
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As far as picking up/carrying heavy objects goes - wouldn't that be bad for your back? I've always thought that hoisting a nice big heavybag up on my shoulders or above my head would be a good addition to my core exercises, but I've always been afraid to start doing it because I didn't want to injure my back.
Sorry for the slow reply- I've been away for ages.

This is a legitimate concern, but I think you will be okay if you

1. Build up from lower/easier weights
2. Keep your back straight while you're doing these exercises (don't let your lower back sag)
3. Warm up and down properly, with a good mix of spinal rotation, forward bending and backward bending (which IMO you should do anyway)

I actually think this kind of exercise is very good. I would say that you should probably figure out lots of different ways to carry it- the more awkward the better, as lifting in an awkward situation gives you a workout that simulates how you use your strength in real situations.
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