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    My favorite exercise for core training right now is the barbell roll-out. What's about you all?

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    Planks for time, Spiderman planks, reverse hypers, glute bridges.

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    Deadlifts, front squats, dry heaves.

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    For core, farmers walks, yoke walks, other loaded carries, and hanging leg raises
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    Hyperextensions/good mornings, Spidermans, leg raise in a power rack with a band attached from one side to another to use for resistance (better than trying to hold a dumbell with your feet)...also like land mines for some oblique movement

    And standard upper ab "stuff"
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    squats, farmers walks, reverse hypers
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanM View Post
    My favorite exercise for core training right now is the barbell roll-out. What's about you all?

    IT really depends on the workout regimen I'm doing at the time right now I'm not doing any core isolation movements but I'm squatting, benching and dead lifting 3-4 times a week. If I'm only hitting a body part twice a week I will normally do a lower ab movement for 3 sets and an upper ab movement of 3 sets. These would most likely be leg raises and decline crunches or reverse decline crunches and rope crunches.
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    Definitely planks and hanging crunches

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    I do various hanging leg/knee lifts and I love them now.
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    My favorite ones are;

    Dumbells
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    ^???

    Additional core exercise along the same lines:

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    Best answer: Front Squats, 3 sets of 15, has the added advantage of covering your cardio requirements too.
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    heavy deadlifts, pullups, or squats.
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    Landmines and front planks for time. I'm up to 1m 15s on the planks. After surgery I will be doing one-armed front planks, hopefully for a similar time. Planks are the exercise I love to hate.
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    Planks and ab wheel roll-outs.

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    Planks and hanging leg raise for me!
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    Why does everyone love planks? They're the crunches of the 2000s.

    Back when I used to do circuit training (before it was called crossfit) instead of proper training, there were tens of people in the class who could convincingly hold a plank for 2min+, they were all weak as ****, fat, flabby, or just generally unimpressive physically, and I doubt any of them could squat 100lb to any real depth.

    Planks as far as I can tell are ineffective at building 6 packs and core strength. Maybe if you execute them perfectly and focus on ab engagement rather than time, but I don't see that often.

    Squat, or better yet front squat and you will work your core properly, screw planks.
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    ^^ because planks allow you to not only work your TVA, but your multifidi as well. They're far safer than any trunk flexion movement (ie, crunches) and allow for deeper muscle contraction. The literature suggests that no amount of squatting or front squatting hits the deeper core muscles sufficiently, and FWIW, if you can't effective contract your core in a supine or prone position (as in a plank), you certainly aren't going to be able to do so in a standing position, which is a progression.

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    For Nezzy

    If you can hold a perfect plank position for 2 minutes of 3 sets for example you are a strong person, trust me.


    Planks are phenomenal core strength builders from all points of view.

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    Where do Ab rollouts fall in y'alls opinion? I've heard so many good things about them from friends and reading but personally I do not find them challenging. I went into Asheville to see if I was just doing them wrong but I wasn't, or everyone else was as well!! Does anyone consider them your favorite core exercise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    Where do Ab rollouts fall in y'alls opinion? I've heard so many good things about them from friends and reading but personally I do not find them challenging. I went into Asheville to see if I was just doing them wrong but I wasn't, or everyone else was as well!! Does anyone consider them your favorite core exercise?
    I have a love / hate relationship with them - they work but they are hard as beejeezus and they can be tough on older shoulders. Favorite ?- no Go To exercise? - yes ( one of them, anyway)
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    Where do Ab rollouts fall in y'alls opinion? I've heard so many good things about them from friends and reading but personally I do not find them challenging. I went into Asheville to see if I was just doing them wrong but I wasn't, or everyone else was as well!! Does anyone consider them your favorite core exercise?
    I have found ball jackknifes much better... and then pull-overs for the arms which it other ab areas as well.. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCStronger View Post
    I have a love / hate relationship with them - they work but they are hard as beejeezus and they can be tough on older shoulders. Favorite ?- no Go To exercise? - yes ( one of them, anyway)
    Yep, I also found them tough on the shoulders, especially the fullbody rollout from standing, kneeling might be better in that sense.
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    leg raises with a dumbbell in between.
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