I recently wrote a number of brief “ab” training articles for MuscleMag.com. They are a series of pieces that explain some of my favorite go-to movements. This one talks about ‘seal walks’ and the importance of anti-rotation.
When people talk about abdominal exercises, chances are you’ll hear the standard movements; sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and planks to name a few. The plank exercise, in particular, is great in certain rehab settings as well as for beginners who are learning the basics and developing some body awareness. After you can effectively hold a plank for 60-90 seconds, it may be time to increase the challenge. This can be done by adding external load (weight vest), external stimulus (perturbations), or by adding movement. For a movement option, enter the “Seal Walk”; which is essentially a moving plank. Generally speaking, you are “walking” around in a pushup position on your hands with your feet dragging behind you.
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About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).
He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.
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