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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181ebcc7d
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Overtraining the Rectus Abdominis Can Make You Less Efficient in Weightlifting

Robinson, Ellyn M DPE, CSCS*D

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Abstract

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.

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