[quote]Rumble Fish wrote:
I’m rolling the idea around of tossing the ab wheel all together and sticking to plank variations. But I’m still a little unsure of which camp I fall into as far as planks go, whether or not they are hugely underrated or hugely overrated. I’ve been able to use them pretty well for super setting or a burnout exercise, but is it really a suitable exercise for something as demanding as the ab wheel?
If anyone has ideas on other ways to train abs in a similar fashion while not putting too much wear and tear on the spine over time I am certainly very open to suggestion. (My back issues are a muscular nature and slowly getting better, the discs are all good, and I’d like to keep them that way)
If it helps at all my split is - on top of whatever I do in a day I do two core exercises for 4 to 5 sets to failure.
Mon - Pushing (Core Work - Gorilla up / BW Hyper extension)
Tue - Pulling (Ab Wheel / cant remember name but it’s comparable to a pallof press, but pull the cable across my body while still bracing my core)
Wed - Arms/Legs (Weighted side plank / BW Reverse hyper)
Fri - Pulling
Sat - Pushing
Sun - Arms/Legs
A couple of questions.
1)you say “mon-pushing (core work -gori…” Does that mean you are doing something like bench, incline bench, etc…? And then ending the workout with abs?
- Again, why do you think you need so much ab strength?
You aren’t able to train your back because of your issues, so why add more and more ab work? Like I said above, they only need to be so strong.
Planks are a good exercise but they aren’t going to do crap for strength for someone that is able to do an ab wheel (Although maybe you shouldn’t have been using the ab wheel in the first place)
I guess what im getting at is this: WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH BY HAVING “ABS OF STEEL”?
Do you think all this ab training is going to lead to a six pack?
Do you think extra ab work will help your back?
Im not trying to be a dick, Im just wondering what your reasoning is.