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Top core muscle exercises?

mattndbakermattndbaker Posts: 35
Any ideas on the top 3-5 best core muscle exercises you can do at home?

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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,027
    Whats the issue with your 'core' and your bike riding as a matter of interest to broaden the aspect a bit?
  • mattndbakermattndbaker Posts: 35
    Hi, I have been told that having good core strength really helps cycling, as I dont go to the gym, I just wondered what would be the best exercises to do at home in conjuction with the cycle training I do which is mainly cardio work i.e. intervals and long rides.
  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,027
    Personally I'd ride uphill/headwind/sprint sessions out of saddle now its summer season... rather than
    http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/articl ... lank-26223
    (keeping it inhouse to keep the BR fitness gurus happy)
    which is an exercise for getting good at doing the plank..
  • boneyjoeboneyjoe Posts: 369
    This is how the pros do it (for MTB) (from 1min 30s)

    http://www.scott-sports.com/gb_en/video ... a_cup_2010
    Scott Scale 20 (for xc racing)
    Gary Fisher HKEK (for commuting)
  • ut_och_cyklaut_och_cykla Posts: 1,594
    Reverse situps (a form of leg lifting!)
    Press ups
    Chins
    Some will recommend the plank - but I think it is too static and not well related to real life situations
  • nmcgannnmcgann Posts: 1,780
    jgsi wrote:
    Personally I'd ride uphill/headwind/sprint sessions out of saddle now its summer season... rather than
    http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/articl ... lank-26223
    (keeping it inhouse to keep the BR fitness gurus happy)
    which is an exercise for getting good at doing the plank..

    Do you reckon that has no benefit on the bike then?

    I've just started doing some plank exercises after finding a bit of weakness in my back/abs when doing big gear seated hill climbing. I've got no idea if it will work, but I thought I'd try and see.
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    "Because the cycling is pain. The cycling is soul crushing pain."
  • There is no evidence that 'core' exercises make a jot of difference. I have seen one paper that suggests lateral knee movement is reduced, but with zero impact on power, injury or recovery time.

    It's a fad. It does give you good looking abs though.
  • mattndbakermattndbaker Posts: 35
    Excellent video boneyjoe. Thank you for your suggestions on exercises, i will add some in to my training plan and see what happens.
  • johnnyhajohnnyha Posts: 1
    Get an exercise wheel!
  • incog24incog24 Posts: 549
    There is no evidence that 'core' exercises make a jot of difference. I have seen one paper that suggests lateral knee movement is reduced, but with zero impact on power, injury or recovery time.

    It's a fad. It does give you good looking abs though.

    I'm not so sure...I was doing some up hill sprinting yesterday, out the saddle whilst cornering, and my core was definitely taking a hamering. The benifits might be marginal, but its not going to hurt.
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  • shockedsoshockedshockedsoshocked Posts: 3,955
    Any ideas on the top 3-5 best core muscle exercises you can do at home?

    Extremely vigorous lovemaking.
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  • LJARLJAR Posts: 128
    Extremely vigorous lovemaking.
    :lol: for whoever is supplying the vigor at least.

    I would do:

    Crunches/sit ups
    Lateral sit ups
    Crossover situps
    Dorsal Raises
    Press Ups
    Chin Ups

    And do them on a Swiss ball/gym ball if you can (chins might be hard to do on a Swiss ball!)
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