Category Archives for Core

Science Suggests Core Training Is Useless

At the heart of “core training”, as presented by many trainers, coaches, therapists,  is the idea that increasing core strength will improve performance. Yet since the 1980’s, researchers

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Swiss Ball Sit Up: How to Get Stronger Abs and a Weaker Back

Many of us suffer from Googleitis – a painful, inflammatory condition of the mind created by a need to find answers on our own. I made that up but I think it’s true. For example, if you search

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Question from a Reader: What Are the Best Exercises for Ab Toning?

The question for today comes from a reader who wants to know about ab toning: Hi Doug, I don’t believe I have ever seen a discussion of the vertical (flexed/extended) leg raise for ab toning. I

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Is This A Good Exercise for Lower Back Pain?

I received a question from a reader asking me about her back trouble and an exercise called the “triple threat”. Because the email had several things we could learn from, I’m answering

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The Eight Core Training Exercises To Avoid

  “Core strengthening” is a phrase used so often that people no longer actually know what it means. If you do crunches, is that a “core” exercise? And what about swiss ball

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Five Ways to Toughen Up Your Back

  Most musculoskeletal (muscle, tendon, fascia, ligament, bone, etc) symptoms appear when the physical demand exceeds your physical capacity; your inability to produce and / or absorb sufficient force. A

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Get Tougher Abs with This 30 Cent Tool

Crunches? No, that’s free (and not so good for your spine either). Sit ups? Same thing. Or how about crunches on a Swiss Ball? Well, a Swiss ball costs more than 30 cents and it’s not such

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5 Steps To A More Comfortable And Enjoyable Golf Game

“Well, I see that a three year layoff hasn’t hurt your swing much”, said Ellen. We were on the practice range at Avery Ranch Golf Club on a warm, sunny afternoon a couple of months ago. It

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