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07-24-2007, 11:57 PM
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Ways to improve my core ?

What things could I do ?

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One thing that my cousin told me to do, that so far has been successful is lunges. Grab a weight in each hand and just lunge around (your actually walking but the idea is you lunge so you get lower then you would by walking) the perimeter of the gym if you can. When you lunge forward with your left foot lift the weight in your right arm and vice versa. You look kinda silly but I found it really helpful.

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07-25-2007, 07:40 AM
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Here is a link to the core exercises that I do. They've been working good for me the last couple weeks. Most of them can be done without a gym too. The site might be a good place to get some ideas too. Enjoy.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mohr52.htm

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Go to www.crossfit.com and start doing the workouts of the day...your core strength will improve dramatically.

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Try Pilates.

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You can aid your core in many of your normal work outs by simply taking it off a bench. For instance, sitting on a weight bench doing curls? Take it off the bench and onto a large swiss ball(sitting). There are many swiss ball drills found on the net. Check out BACK.COM for many that will target core body.

try this one: Sitting on the floor feet forward and together knees slightly bent, pelvic tilt to to remove the arch in the lower back. This is called neutral spine. Sitting up tall and in netrual spine, arms relaxed at your sides, shoulder relaxed and down, Take a deep breath. As you slowly exhale fully, drop the chin and roll the shoulders forward slowly drawing hte spin into a forward C shape. At the end of the breath hold your position and inhale. Not holding your breath begin exhale and continue to roll the spine. Pretty much its like trying to touch your forehead to your bellybutton. After three or four breath cycles finally as you inhale SLOWLY unroll, keeping the chin lightly tucked shoulders and chin last to return to the beginning position. It doesnt sound like much but done properly you should start sweating.

Many laugh but Pilates and Pilates:balanced body method target the core body. Def look for those online resources and you should find a bunch. I was refered to the program by my Orthopedic Specialist (T. Cowan @ ECMC SPINE CENTER) due to my Goaltending activities and flexibility. He felt that the program was a perfect match. One of my personal favorites is workings using the Pilates: Reformer. After several months of the P: Balanced body, I purchased one for my home. With a price tag of 5G's, That isnt an option for many. That cheap work out thing that you see Chuck Norris adverting on TV all the time is close to the same concept except the reformer is flat instead of inclined.

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One thing that my cousin told me to do, that so far has been successful is lunges. Grab a weight in each hand and just lunge around (your actually walking but the idea is you lunge so you get lower then you would by walking) the perimeter of the gym if you can. When you lunge forward with your left foot lift the weight in your right arm and vice versa. You look kinda silly but I found it really helpful.
Be careful with the lunged. They're certainly a great thing for you, but you don't want to go all the way down to the ground. You could potentially be tearing something or at least straining it in your knee. At least that's what my team's trainer use to tell us.

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Yoga. Seriously. When I was figure skating competitively, my coach made me do it, and it helped so much.

And it's not just for figure skaters:
http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/...17f8c8&k=25043

There was actually a better article last summer, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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for overall strength of your core you should learn to do deadlifts properly... there is no weight lifting exercise that compares to them in terms of gains a person can make...

you will find your ass, hamstrings, and lower back will become much much stronger... when you drive into people coming to check you, you'll be stronger at transfering the force/balance, and start knocking people off balance.

this exercise is unmatched for power (its a power-lifting exercise), and overall strength, it's hard as hell... and the form you use is most important, read up on how to do the exercise properly and it will help you with your posture, balance, and strength... do the exercise wrong and you will hurt your back.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...BDeadlift.html

this link shows the exercise and the massive list of muscles you can benefit on the right side...

i recommend that you do some sit-ups in the breaks between the dead lifting...

this is for core strength... and power... in my experience it translates best on the ice to balance, strength, physical play, and skating speed.

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Sit ups do not engage the core body very well. IMHO they are a waste of time. Rarely is proper breathing and form maintained and there is little engagement of the anterior and interior spinal muscles. Adding them(sit ups) into any rest period will not help your body develop its recovery system. Given the importance of a strong recovery system, one that will put you back on the ice ready for your shift, give those rest intervals built into training programs thier due. They are almost as important as the work performed. Do not shorten or extend these intervals on a whim.

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well if u skate for long distances like 1/4 of a mile back and fourth it helps a lot

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Do planks(side, normal and reverse).

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