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Old 02-12-2006, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi I am new and have 2 ruptured disks from 7 years ago. What is the safest ab exercise that I can do to strengthen my core? Are situps ok to do? I was under the impression that situps are hard on the back.... Any insight and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-12-2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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Have you considered physio-ball ab stuff? Like the reverse leg crunches? There you lift the weight of your legs (and the ball) instead of your torso/head/arms? I cannot say if that is appropriate with this sort of condition, just something to consider/research. Best of Luck.
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Old 02-12-2006, 08:10 PM   #3
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Thanks Paul, I will look into that.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:38 AM   #4
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You may also want to implement the CrossFit warm-up in your workout if it does not aggravate your back. These exercises will help strengthen your core. (OH Squats, push-ups, pull-ups etc.)Most functional bodyweight exercises execute the abs.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:18 AM   #5
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Thanks Lisa, where can I find that warmup?
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:43 AM   #7
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Thanks Lisa I will grab it!
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Old 02-17-2006, 03:02 AM   #8
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I would recommend front/side plank holds. Food luck
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:16 AM   #9
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Thanks Petr,

I tried those and was able to fatigue the muscles without any back pain at all!
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:33 AM   #10
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Yeah, 3 x { 3 min{ x { front ,side, side }} eq abs pain

I did have big problems with my back/spine so I know a bit about excercises that are safer for ones low back area :o)

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