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Old 07-28-2008, 03:55 AM   #1
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Any tips of good kettlebell core/ab/obliques moves? I searched youtube but didnt find much of very interesting..must be out there somewhere. Im trying to get me some obliques too, my ribs stick out too much!


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Old 07-28-2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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Any tips of good kettlebell core/ab/obliques moves? I searched youtube but didnt find much of very interesting..must be out there somewhere. Im trying to get me some obliques too, my ribs stick out too much!


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weird. I've heard you can have sticky-out ribs removed or shaved down.


I like windmills, nice stretch and core warm up/strenghtening drill.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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A good kettlebell core exercise would be all of them. heh but yeah but in all seriousness i would second the windmills. I do russian twists on the ground sometimes with a 1.5 pood or 2 pood kettlebell. with a heavier weight, these take very minimal reps to feel your whole midsection tighten up.

i think one of the best things is to just focus on your stomach while you swing. when i didn't understand the whole "breathing behind the shield" concept, i used to open up way too much between my lower ribs and pelvis. then one day i was walking through a local park and saw a guy pulling a ton of kettlebells out of his car. he was Dave Whitley, a pretty big name guy on the RKC levels. he evaluated my swing and corrected it in a flash. I stood there and started swinging, and then at the top of each swing (right when it was at nipple level or a bit below), he would push the kettlebell down. at first this was a dramatic change and it loaded my posterior muscles so much harder at the bottom of the swing. after doing several of these he told me to simulate the same feeling myself, meaning throw the kettbell down hard at the top of each swing. that's when your abs and obliques kick in hard. in order to stop that upward momentum, you have to keep your shield tight, just like you're going to take a punch. if you're abs are relaxed and weak, then you won't have the ability to throw the kettlebell down hard. try to get a friend or somebody to push the kettlebell down during your swing. have them do it just a bit at first and then gradually throw it down harder for you. once this feeling is burned into your brain, throw it down yourself.

other core stuff that is kinda fun is the gladiator press and its variations. basically you get into a yoga side plank but hold a kettlebell in the top hand. then you press the kb or dip your hip or whatever you want to have fun doing
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:32 PM   #4
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I always find that KB Deck Squats really get my midsection burning and sore as hell. I do a core routine of 1/2 getups, Deck Squats, and Russian Twists. That was the first time my abs were sore in a long time. I actually find that Halo's also tense the core up pretty well also.

But as Grissim said, all KB movements tend to be good core work.
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Heavy 1-arm TGUs (Turkish Get-Ups) and Windmills would be my top 2.
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Cross-chops are my favorite by far, but I love TGUs, windmills and side bends as well.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:17 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tips guys, will give em a go!
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I'd really recommend turkish get-ups. There are a couple parts of that movement which are just brutal on the obliques.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:51 PM   #9
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Grissim,
Good post. I needed some work on my swing and feel like it's slowly getting there. Abs got fired up with these tips as well.

I'd second cross chops, windmills and TGU's as well. TGU's are more of a "day after" kind of burnout for me. Whole body fatigue while doing them... then the next day my abs/obliques are pissed at me.
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Cross-chops are my favorite by far, but I love TGUs, windmills and side bends as well.
Did a core workout very similar to this just the other day. Haven't had a burn like that in a while, so I must have done something right
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