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Old 08-01-19, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
All these other exercises like sit-ups, crunches, planks and other nonsense is just a waste of time and energy.
I can assure you that you are mistaken. I'm not big on sit ups and crunches being super beneficial but holding a plank routinely for any length of time will strengthen the core as efficiently as any of the movements you listed. And people are more likely to do it since you can simply drop to the floor at anytime and get busy. It's simple, quick, and requires no equipment such as a tire, sledgehammer, or fork lift
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Hard being 43????

I recently had some back issues and went to a chiroquackter. I learned some very useful exercises to help limber up my back vertebrae quite a bit. If I keep up with them the compression between my L4 and L5 vertebrae is not a problem.

Any exercises are good IMHO. Front planks, side planks, situps, etc... As we age, we get sedentary. We've all seen old men shuffling about unable to twist, straighten, etc... I never want to be in that kind of shape.
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+1 on planks.
I am 62 and started doing a 2min plank once a day Mon-Fri (at work) and they help tremendously.
I also do (2x week) bench press and added deadlifts 3yrs ago and my back and core is much improved. Also rows from TRX type straps in the basement ceiling. And a few situps, crunches and pushups 6 days before morning shower.
I have had patella/femoral surgery on both knees and C2,3,4 are not so hot either but my program works for me.

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I like to back out of my planks, into a hamstring stretch, and then hold that for 10 seconds or so (no additional tools needed). Probably a habit from my yoga days. My hams get very tight riding, and I need to stretch 'em constantly to avoid back problems.
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Iím not old at all but had some crap running form. Aka, a weak core. It caused me to bend at the waist too much running.

This led to other run form issues and nearly an injury.

I did the work similar to that GCN corr video twice a week for two months and the difference was awesome.

Now in off days from the bike I do a basic strength routine with core.

So I can advocate for those exercises. It also helped me hold my aero position on the road bike much longer. Now I can do decently long threshold sets in it.
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Originally Posted by guachi View Post
GCN had a video with Emma Pooley - one of her first videos - where she does a number of core exercises that include the stuff mention here. She did planks, the all-fours-raise-opposite-hands-and-feet, and some other things that turn out to be yoga poses. I didn't know they were yoga, they just looked useful
This one?
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Yes, that one. Every exercise is awesome. There's also a GCN video from when it was new with some of the other exercises I mentioned.

I do all of those exercises that don't require equipment with my out of shape Sailors in the Navy - people who have failed their fitness test or are marginal. I mostly lead cycling as I like cycling and most of them do cycling for their aerobic portion of the test. But cycling on a stationary bike does nothing for upper body or core fitness so I incorporate all of those exercises. I love it. Very useful.
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Originally Posted by bradyweb View Post
I hope by the time I'm 70 I will have done all the things necessary to reverse this "old man back"
Do CrossFit consistently; you won't have old-man-back. I've been doing it [CrossFit] three days a week for the last eight years and I turned 70 in March :-)!
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
I tried the plank, it looked difficult, but it's really easy. My back popped the first time I did one, I was sold. Incredibly useful exercise for cyclists.

Twice a day seems plenty, though obviously if I worked in the porn industry, probably triple that.
Yep, my porn career and Viagra really help with doing planks.
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