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Overtraining the Rectus Abdominis Can Make You Less Efficient in Weightlifting

Robinson, Ellyn M DPE, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - pp 69-74
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181ebcc7d
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EFFICIENT TRUNK FLEXION AND EXTENSION TRAINING IS PARAMOUNT TO STABILIZE HEAVY WEIGHTS LIFTED OVERHEAD IN WEIGHTLIFTING. A STRONG AND BALANCED TRUNK, WHICH INCLUDES SEVERAL MUSCLE GROUPS (NOT JUST THOSE SUPERFICIAL MUSCLES THAT CAN BE SEEN BUT PERHAPS EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THE DEEP ONES THAT HOLD MOST OF THE LOAD), IS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS. THIS ARTICLE WILL DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE BETWEEN FLEXION AND EXTENSION EXERCISES OF THE TRUNK, STABILIZATION MOVEMENTS OF THE TRUNK, AND SPECIFIC EXERCISES THAT CAN BE USED IN A WEIGHTLIFTING TRAINING PROGRAM TO MOST EFFECTIVELY TRAIN FOR STABILIZATION OF THE WEIGHT OVERHEAD.

Bridgewater State University, Plymouth Street Tinsley Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Dr. Ellyn M. Robinson

is a professor in the Movement Arts, Health Promotions, and Leisure Studies Program at Bridgewater State University, where she is the graduate strength and conditioning program coordinator and the head coach for the weightlifting team.

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