How to ACTUALLY strengthen your core

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hermitthefrog
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I feel my big lifts might be being held back my a lack of core strength- e.g when I squat heavy I feel my back collapsing, no matter how much I hold my breath. I could buy a belt, but I'd rather address the problem.

I've done enough research to know that doing a million crunches isn't going to do much good, and that heavy lifting engages the core, but I have taken this as a reason to do nothing which specifically targets the core. I might do a plank or some russian twists at the end of my workouts but that is it.

Is there any core-targeting exercises which are not considered a waste of time, and which would help me improve my squat? Or am I better just to let the lifting do its work and accept my core won't let me lift as the rest of my body? Is there any techniques I can use to stop my back collapsing? (I've recently started squatting high bar as this supposedly keeps me more upright, and I do the whole taking a deep breath before I go down thing).
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Not exercise examples but try periodising your workouts. Part of it includes focusing on your core for a solid 2 weeks, it helps reduce plateau, gain more muscle whilst having overall strength.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw58.htm
http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-c...ength-training
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(Original post by hermitthefrog)
I feel my big lifts might be being held back my a lack of core strength- e.g when I squat heavy I feel my back collapsing, no matter how much I hold my breath. I could buy a belt, but I'd rather address the problem.

I've done enough research to know that doing a million crunches isn't going to do much good, and that heavy lifting engages the core, but I have taken this as a reason to do nothing which specifically targets the core. I might do a plank or some russian twists at the end of my workouts but that is it.

Is there any core-targeting exercises which are not considered a waste of time, and which would help me improve my squat? Or am I better just to let the lifting do its work and accept my core won't let me lift as the rest of my body? Is there any techniques I can use to stop my back collapsing? (I've recently started squatting high bar as this supposedly keeps me more upright, and I do the whole taking a deep breath before I go down thing).
Heavy farmers walks should do the trick.
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It's not enough to just merely hold your breath. The idea is to create intra-abdominal pressure. Google on ways to do this and find a method you're comfortable with. Even on heavy squats I feel I can safely unrack and squat with a completely stable core purely because of the way I'm inhaling/exhaling. Do not use Valsalva maneuver
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It's not enough to just merely hold your breath. The idea is to create intra-abdominal pressure. Google on ways to do this and find a method you're comfortable with. Even on heavy squats I feel I can safely unrack and squat with a completely stable core purely because of the way I'm inhaling/exhaling. Do not use Valsalva maneuver
This. I try to imagine I'm breathing into my lower back, if that makes sense.
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Thanks for this, lots to work on with my breathing technique!


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This. I try to imagine I'm breathing into my lower back, if that makes sense.
As Elliot Hulse would say, breathe into your balls!
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Try gymnastics
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(Original post by hermitthefrog)
I feel my big lifts might be being held back my a lack of core strength- e.g when I squat heavy I feel my back collapsing, no matter how much I hold my breath. I could buy a belt, but I'd rather address the problem.

I've done enough research to know that doing a million crunches isn't going to do much good, and that heavy lifting engages the core, but I have taken this as a reason to do nothing which specifically targets the core. I might do a plank or some russian twists at the end of my workouts but that is it.

Is there any core-targeting exercises which are not considered a waste of time, and which would help me improve my squat? Or am I better just to let the lifting do its work and accept my core won't let me lift as the rest of my body? Is there any techniques I can use to stop my back collapsing? (I've recently started squatting high bar as this supposedly keeps me more upright, and I do the whole taking a deep breath before I go down thing).


Planks.
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