Hi i’m 17 years old. 5’ 11", 175lbs
I recently discovered that my lower back strength greatly over powers my ab strength. My lower back doesn’t hurt, but most of the time when i’m standing I notice my body starting to shift the weight onto my lower back. And I have a little trouble with my posture. I hardly do anything for abs. Rarely, I throw in 3 sets of swiss-ball crunches after my workouts.
I was aware of the imbalance all along, but it smacked me in the head when I used the expensive MedX back extension machine in my gym. I did 300lbs for 6 reps. I could’ve done more, but wasn’t in the mood to sweat. Then, I tried the MedX ab crunch machine and I could only do 60lbs! I tried 80lbs and that was my 1RM.
That sucks. I decided to take action.
Question: What exercises or routines would be best for my situation/imbalance?
I looked into the Ian King Awesome abs program. And some other ab routines (21st Century Core Training, Ab Training for Athletes and Babehounds 2K3 etc.). I dont want to pick one that’ll be counter-productive for my goal.
Also, i’m considering dropping deadlifts from my routine for three months. It’s really the only lower back exercise I do. I don’t do back extensions or anything like that. I’ll replace it with more squat variations.
Thanks for your help