Just pulling your leg (a bit). Sure, we all get stumped sometimes and it's good to get ideas from other lifters, but make sure you think back on plans/advice you've given others in the same situation. If a lifter comes to you and says "Coach, I need some new ab training tips." your advice would be...?
I'd want to see what the entire program looks like (days, exercises, sets, reps, and general program goal) before I can give any concrete advice.
Like some have said, I find rotational training to be just as important as flexion and static work. Make sure you're addressing all three points. Full contact twists and cable woodchoppers work great for rotational work. Also, some explosive work like medicine ball slams can be very useful.
I think by twisting he means a one handed suitcase deadlift as opposed to a russian twist( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCB3kxqhbuY ). As for higher rep. Higher rep usually means the weight is lighter and thus you can work more on explosiveness as opposed to pure absolute strength (comparing doing squats with 70 percent of your 1RM for reps as opposed to a doing a triple).
I don't know, but to me, twisting and rotating are pretty synonymous. A one-handed suitcase deadlift would be more of a stability and anti-rotation, and really not one of my favorites anyway. (I think too many people allow side flexion during the lift, which defeats the purpose.)
When he said, "
" I get the impression that he means if your goal is to move/perform faster, high rep work will help. I disagree with that. But maybe we're getting caught in a telephone game... my interpretation of your interpretation of what the guy said or meant to say.
Shit, I meant to write lateral flexion and then another one for rotation. So windmill's (lateral flexion) and full-contact twists (rotation).
What I noticed (in Jiu-Jitsu class) when I did the heavy stuff was that I felt resistant to strains when going for sweeps or when I had to twist for something. But popping off the ground for scrambles, trying to roll to my knees from my back quickly, etc. I was very slow at and my body felt "unconnected", like I had the strength but the gaps weren't filled in. Hard to explain well. When I added in the high-rep ab circuits, all of a sudden I had the fludity that I was lacking.
ahha see where ur coming from Chris. Spose its easier to tell someone else what to do then to tell urself. Yeh Bram at Taekwondo training we do quite a high volume of abs so i try to stick to lower reps at the gym