The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

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The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

Post by stuward » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:25 am

An unfortunate title, this is an update from the 2006 book with the similar name. The difference is that this one focuses on core stability with some strength, as is more appropriate to an untrained, or poorly trained person. It's not going to make you a powerlifter but it may help prevent back injuries.

I say the title is unfortunate as it's obviously designed to attract attention than to be descriptive. It actually just treats abs as just another muscle in the core.

The program is built in 4or5 steps:
Dynamic Warmup
Core Stability
(opitional-Power)
Strength
Metabolic.

The big change here is the order of the core and strength components. Most of us do strength before core but due to the change in focus towards core training.

Core training is mostly stabilization with progressions from basic planks, through dynamic exercises like woodchops to integrative exercises like TGUs and carries.

Strength training is largely those exercises with a strong core component, like split squats and pushups. It's interesting that the 2 exercises that they use a smith machine for are inverted rows and pushups, exercises that the smith machine wasn't designed for.

To most regulars here, there's not much you haven't seen before but to the newbies you're giving advice or training to, this may be a good way to get them started. Read it from that point of view, but there may be some new tricks you pick up along the way.
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Re: The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

Post by Jungledoc » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:09 am

I've read it, and think it has a lot of good ideas. Schuler's writing is clear and reasonably entertaining.
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