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Spencer1234

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Training Abs
« on: July 30, 2014, 01:15:15 AM »
In the programming provided for over 80kg and under 80kg I noticed that there isn't a specific exercise being used to train the abs. I would like to know what exercises are used for the 3 sets of 10 reps. I have always done weighted roman chairs for the most part but not sure they are optimal for building core strength for the squat and deadlift. I have also always felt like my abs were fairly pathetic. I notice a significant difference between not using a belt in the squat to using a belt.

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Robert Frederick

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Re: Training Abs
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 12:34:47 PM »
I do weighted sit ups on an incline bench, hanging leg raises (shins touch near hands above the head with straight legs), ab wheel roll outs, and crunches on a swiss ball. So I crunch up from the top, from the bottom, use isometrics, and extended range of motion, respectively.

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Re: Training Abs
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 12:45:04 PM »
I do exactly the same variations as Robert, but i also like weighted planks (with your hands as far as possible in front of you) and kneeling cable crunches very much. I just switch them around. Do whatever i feel like that day.

Like this:
Kneeling cable crunch

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Re: Training Abs
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 05:56:28 PM »
I'm doing incline situps (with weight) at the moment, planning to incorporate hanging leg raises as well.

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Re: Training Abs
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 07:29:10 PM »
In my personal opinion, ab strength is not that important for powerlifting.  Anti-flexion strength is much more important, so the spinal erectors and upper back muscles are what's more important for spinal stability in the power lifts.

That being said, standing overhead presses and chin ups all involve anti-extension and build ab strength very well.  They have the benefit of working other muscles as well.  This is why I recommend utilizing these two exercises when lats or delts need to be trained.