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Unread 05-23-2011, 09:30 AM
ProphetofProfit ProphetofProfit is offline
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So someone I know has gone through his personal training qualifications in the UK and another qualification from the NASC (www.nasm.org) and now he's telling me that properly 'activating the core' will add 20% to my squat and deadlift almost instantaneously since most people have weak 'cores'. I feel kind of dirty overusing the word core but this was the buzzword he was using.

I'm highly sceptical of any exotic techniques, especially one which supposedly grants considerable and immediate gains. And I'll confess that I'm wanting to find out that this is all BS to reinforce my dim view of personal trainers as a whole.

How much fact or fiction is there?
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Unread 05-23-2011, 09:35 AM
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What exactly does he mean?
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Unread 05-23-2011, 09:46 AM
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He gave me a quick example but I neglected to mention it since my explanation will probably be terrible. My best guess is something along the lines of 'exercising and stimulating the musculature around the torso prior to any other exercises, above and beyond what you'd do by warming up before your work sets' or something like that.
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Unread 05-23-2011, 09:49 AM
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I heard from someone without any official credentials in the U.K. or other governing bodies that training squats and deadlifts will lead to improvement in squats and deadlifts.
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Unread 05-23-2011, 10:34 AM
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Let me guess: various exercises on an exercise ball?
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Unread 05-23-2011, 10:35 AM
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'exercising and stimulating the musculature around the torso prior to any other exercises,
You call that an "exotic technique"?
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Unread 05-23-2011, 10:43 AM
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Or as it's more commonly known "taking a deep breath"
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Unread 05-23-2011, 11:15 AM
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It is compared to my usual routine of:

Jump rope
Squat with the bar
Do some leg swings
Squat with heavier weight
Do some stretches
Squat with heavier weight
More stretches/leg swings
Squat

I'm not here as an agent of the NASM is that's what BaconNeggs thinks.

And I said 'exotic' because he mentioned that 'no-one ever does this'.

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Unread 05-23-2011, 11:32 AM
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Unless you can describe what he told you to do, this thread is beyond pointless.

'activating the core' can mean a lot of different things.
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Unread 05-23-2011, 11:41 AM
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Unless you can describe what he told you to do, this thread is beyond pointless.

'activating the core' can mean a lot of different things.
Now that you mention it, kind of sounds like something out of 'Transformers.'
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