Core Work

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stephenmorrow
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Core Work

Post by stephenmorrow » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:40 am

Why is there no dedicated core work for this program, and what make you pick these 3 exercises Admin?

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Post by Admin » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:29 am

I designed this workout with an emphasis on speed, simplicity, and efficiency. Push ups, Pull ups, and squats are all compound moments that together engage almost all the main muscle groups including most core muscles.

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Post by cheapo » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:58 pm

Stephen,
You ask a lot of questions.

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Post by scumdogg » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:30 pm

If your form is strict on the pushups i.e. you're perfectly straight and your abs are tight so that you're not sagging in the middle, you'll get plenty of ab work there. You'll also get some indirect work during squats as your abs stabilize you. If you feel you're not getting enough ab work then by all means throw in a few sets of planks or reverse crunches or knee ups at the end of your workout.

I know Kevin has already answered in this thread but I'll just add my own two cents about why there's no ab work included in the simplefit program. First, as stated above, you already get indirect ab work in the routine, especially if you're paying attention to form and especially at the higher levels. Second, if you start adding too many exercises to simplefit it ceases to be simplefit and becomes something else. The beauty of simplefit is that it's simple. Beginners of all ages and skill levels can start the program without feeling intimidated by a laundry-list of different exercises, and still see huge benefits, even if they have never exercised before in their lives.

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Re: Core Work

Post by reconfit » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:45 pm

if for some reason you feel your abs are not getting enough work, throw in 3 sets of 12 reverse situps on day 1 and 3x30sec planks on day 2, and maybe 3x12 leg lifts on day 3.

like mentioned above, the pushups work your core perfectly if you engage your abs by keeping them rigid.

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