The Trick To Lifting Heavy is to Brace your Core: I Use Weighted Planks

Posted on 15 Nov 2014 22:06

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A lot of the time the stuff I write about Strength Training appears to be theoretical and stuff a lot of readers cannot just start practicing right off the bat.

So I am going to be publishing small blog posts in which I will write about exercises, methods and practices that can be implemented in a timely manner.

Today's topic is about bracing the core for heavy lifting.

Weighted Front Planks have become a staple of my workouts. While I don't prescribe any set-in-stone set-rep scheme for them, I incorporate them into my training quite religiously. I make it a point to perform this exercise for atleast one set for each of my workouts.

Sometimes, pushing the envelope is okay and you can see me doing this in the video below where I work up to adding 150 pounds to my body and then I slowly have each plate taken off and I gradually climb back down the "ladder".


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One of the problems I have had in the past is an inability to brace my core as well as I need to. To overcome this, Eric has had me do this exercise and it has worked beautifully. This exercise does require a workout partner to load/unload the plates though.

Click on the video below to view the exercise:


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