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What Muscles Do Planks Work
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Good ones!: With a regular situp or crunch, you are working the rectus abdominal muscles. These go straight up and down. If you add side-to-side twists, you will tighten the oblique or side muscles as well. This will help those wonderful "love handles". ...Read more
Vertical jump: Type 2 fibers are fast twitch "power" fibers that use creatine kinase for energy. To increase vertical jump you must increase you power relative to body weight. Heavy squats 80-90% of your 1 rep max 2-3 reps 5 sets with 3-5 minutes of complete rest in between. Does not make you sore as no Lactic Acid induced. Also decreasing body weight to maximize lean mass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle length static: Isometric exercises by definition work the contracting muscle with resistance while the muscle maintains a static length. A plank is a great example, whereby you hold a fixed body position by contracting a host of core muscles. Strength and endurance increase measurably with repeated isometric exercises over time. (abdominal core muscles being worked isometric ally to point of fatigue in picture). ...Read more
Supine: Laying supine and bringing your feet and knees all the way over your head to floor behind your head works well. ...Read more
Pecs major: The more narrow the grip, the more the triceps are worked in preference to the pecs, though both are worked in all pushups. These are great for boxing, especially for your hooks. The key muscle for boxing is your heart -- as a ringside physician, I've seen how the more aerobically fit boxer usually wins. ...Read more
Deltoid: Major muscle involved is your anterior deltoid. Your pectoralis major is also significantly involved. Triceps help with extension of your elbow. Supraspinatous, trapezius, serratus are also involved in the glide of the shoulder/scapula in this movement. ...Read more
Don't forget legs : It's true, any good upper body workout will be helpful, but don't forget your legs. Remember, much of your punching power starts and builds from the legs and hips, allowing you to extend and throw with power at your distance. Punching ineffectively with just your arms will wear you out quickly during a round. So if boxing is the main concern, don't forget to work your legs and footwork. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Generally the weighted balls will fall out unless you do contract your pelvic/vaginal muscles so this should work if you are able to retain them. ...Read more
Yes: Sit ups work the abs and do not work the legs, leg lifts work the legs predominately, with some ab involvement. ...Read more
Try planks: Planks are an exercise move that can strengthen the core while maintaining a neutral spine. You can perform this by getting into a push up position and holding this position or get on your elbows while keeping your belly off of the floor. Try this before you workout and you will notice that you activate your core more during the workout. For a comprehensive workout check out www.TheRehabZone.com ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best strength training exercises for strong back. posture and long lean torso? what do you recommend, rows, dead-lifts, plank, etc?
Squats: with your back flat against a wall.Do sets of 10 and add 1 set/week.Straight leg raising . ...Read more
See below: There are many great exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles. I would recommend a visit with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn proper technique. One of the best exercises are called planks. To do this lay on your stomach and lift your belly and legs off the ground with your forarms and toes on the ground. Try holding this postion for 15-30 seconds at a time. ...Read more
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If you hurt that much, recommend getting imaging studies to see whats up. ...Read more
Pushups: I don't exactly know what you mean by "lower chest". Is your chest size getting bigger? Are you having trouble sleeping or trouble exercising? If you give me some more information I should be able to give you an answer. ...Read more
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