Do you have any really effective non traditional core training exercises?

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    Dec 28, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    Bored at the gym with traditional core training exercises.

    Recently discovered THE TURKISH GET UP and it is a phenomenal exercise.

    Do you know of any other non-traditional core exercises that I can try to develop overall strength and flexibility in my core?

    Thanks for you advice and input.

    Much Appreciated!

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    Dec 29, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    This is pretty gay, but oh well...you wanted unconventional. icon_smile.gif

    Pole dancing. _Really_ works your core. And when you get good, you can get a crowd pretty riled up in a club that has a pole that they'll let you use. Not that I've EVER done that. ;)

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    Dec 29, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    Planks
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    Dec 29, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    EliStark saidThis is pretty gay, but oh well...you wanted unconventional. icon_smile.gif

    Pole dancing. _Really_ works your core. And when you get good, you can get a crowd pretty riled up in a club that has a pole that they'll let you use. Not that I've EVER done that. ;)



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    Dec 29, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidPlanks


    Minus the bosu-ball... SOOOOOOO effective!!!

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    Dec 29, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    Turkish Get-ups will freaking destroy your core ( in a good way! )

    Also like planks (especially on the TRX Suspension Trainer), though doing them with weights or a Russian Kettlebell will do the deed nicely.

    And (very non-conventional) item: Reconstructed Medieval Fencing.

    At the risk of outing myself as a Renaissance Faire geek among other things, I've found that practicing various moves from the "Talhoffers Fechtbuch" with a hand-and-a-half sword or other suitable longsword takes quite a bit of endurance to work through the various drills.

    A suitable substitute for the sword would be a 12lb. or greater sledge hammer.
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    Dec 29, 2010 6:20 AM GMT
    Static double crunch: lie on your back, put hands behind your head. Raise your feet up, flex your knees and crunch bringing elbows (tips) and kneecaps towards each other.

    To take up a level - while holding position have someone 'slowly' pull and push on your feet while you STRUGGLE to maintain contact between your elbows and knees. It'll be as though you are rocking back and forth.

    If you can pull off 6 of these, I'll induct you into the 'Core Hall Of Fame'.icon_biggrin.gif

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    Dec 29, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    This one rocks, but I'm not sure what it's called. It's sort of like power cleans for your abs.

    Basically, you just combine decline ab crunches with a bench press.

    Lie back on the decline bench with a barbell like you're going to do a decline bench press. Then, instead of simply doing a decline press, explode upwards with your abs and use your arms to lift the barbell up as high over your head as you can in one smooth motion.

    I usually do 135lbs, and that's pretty brutal. It hits your abs really hard, and it also gets the back and arms. It takes some coordination to get used to it.
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    Dec 29, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Can someone please tell me what turkish get-ups are?

    Superman/Banana rolls (a la P90X) work pretty good too...
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    Dec 29, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    Turkish get-ups are great full-body movements that require a lot of core stabilization. Another great movement is wall balls. Hold a medicine ball (make it a heavy one), at the bottom of the squat position, stand up while raising the ball above your head and throwing it at least 10 feet above the ground against the wall. Catch the ball while lowering your body back down into the squat position and repeat, forever.
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    Dec 29, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    cant embed thevideo from my mobile, but here is a YouTube link demonstrating a TGU (Turkish Get-Up) in proper form.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmzFAgYCAu0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    Dec 29, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    EliStark saidThis is pretty gay, but oh well...you wanted unconventional. icon_smile.gif

    Pole dancing. _Really_ works your core. And when you get good, you can get a crowd pretty riled up in a club that has a pole that they'll let you use. Not that I've EVER done that. ;)



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    Sorry Gigolo, I probably should have put a winky after "gay" or put it in quotes as I just did. I don't actually use that as a put-down. It was jest gone bad in an electronic medium. icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 30, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    The Plank position is awesome! Works your whole core.
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    Dec 30, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    Come out to my field and pick and tote rocks.
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    Dec 31, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    Hey Guys!

    Thanks for all your posts, Much Appreciated.