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#76 of 88 Old 02-16-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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The ballet videos are interesting, Melistic. Thanks for posting them. The Fondu looks good. I think I'll give that one a try today.
My waisline is slowly shrinking- but I can tell a difference in my core strength, and arms. The planks are fantastic!
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Okay... I tried Theia's Level 1 plank and could only do 1. My whole body was shaking! Is this something you do daily or something you do a few times a week?
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I was the same way when I tried planks the first time, but I was suprised by how fast I was able to get better at these. I do them every other day or so, usually every time I run. I don't know what's recommended though...
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Hiya. There's conflicting information about doing abs/core every day. Traditional thinking is that you don't do ANY muscle or muscle group every day, but rather you should give yourself at least 48 hours to recover. Abs are slightly different, though, because it's very rare that you truly work them to fatigue (and you almost never lift heavy weights with your ab muscles the way you do with, say, squats or bench presses). Some instructors/trainers/national presenters say it's perfectly OK to do abs/core every day.

I usually do core workouts 3-4 times per week. After a particularly tough workout, I definitely need the day off to recover. Plus doing 3-4 workouts per week gives me lots of opportunity to do something totally different every time I work my core. I won't repeat the same ab workout for at least 10-14 days.

That being said, I *do* try to incorporate core work into almost every lifting session and most of the classes I teach. I'll use a stability ball instead of a weight bench for chest/back/shoulders/biceps/triceps. I'll stand/kneel on a BOSU balance trainer or two balance pods for standing weight work, both upper body and lower body. I'll have my classes do lots of planks in between pushups, or I'll make the pushups super slow so they have to use their core to stay in position, etc. Or we'll walk the plank sideways, do 4 pushups, walk the plank back to where we started, do 4 more pushups, etc.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks Theia it does. I do lifting at home and it's gotten a bit boring. You've given me some excellent ideas to mix it up a bit.
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ok Theia has talked me into this torture erm.... I mean these wonderful exercises. smile.gif (smiling while I am still able)


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Tomorrow starts my new ab routine with the addition of Theia's Russian Twists and Planks. If you don't see me for some time after this week you will know I am too sore to make it back to the keyboard. biggrin.gif
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Theia;

Cathe gets full credit

She was doing side planks (elbow). Take your top elbow, which is behind your head a-la crunch, and oblique twist it down to your steady-ing hand on the floor

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Are you talking about cathe freidrich?
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I have so many of her tapes & dvds....she ROCKS...her workouts have helped me to become a much more fit old lady

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yep,
she does rock! I won't spring for her dvd's on priciple that they cost more than anyone else's (not that she's not worth it, she is)
she's on fit t.v in the morning so I dvr it then play them at double speed, looking for something new.
She's great and she looks better now than she did a million years ago when leotards were in fashion.
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Cathe does rock! That side plank variation sounds like Twister from Pilates.
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