I’ve been burning the midnight oil (literally!) working on a cool new project. More on that in a couple weeks.
My own training has taken a hit because of that, which sucks big time – but that’s the price you pay when you’re busy creating wicked content through sleepless nights.
I did, however, manage to come up with an awesome new ab exercise.
I had seen some peeps doing fallouts on the TRX on Youtube, but couldn’t find anyone doing them on rings. So I decided to be the first.
This is basically a standing ab wheel performed on rings. I do think the rings make the movement slightly easier, since they hang in the air, and thus provide less friction than an ab wheel rolling on the floor.
Obviously, this is a fairly advanced core exercise. Just as you wouldn’t jump straight into doing standing ab wheels, you gotta work your way up to ring fallouts over time.
I first tried this exercise about a year or two ago – and completely bombed. I couldn’t even straighten out my arms with the rings at hip level.
But I’ve been hitting the abs in training with laser-like focus recently, hammering dragonflags, bodysaws and various ring exercises, so I thought I’d give these suckas a try again.
For those of you wondering, my progression scheme was extremely simple…
Dipped my toes in with the rings hanging at about upper thigh level a few weeks ago, and was surprised to see how easy it felt. Then I gradually lowered the rings a few inches every workout until I got all the way down to being parallel to the floor.
Put these bad boys in your bag of goodies and you’ll be one step closer to a core that’s not just all “show”, but 100% “go”.
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Yunus Barisik, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for an elite junior hockey organization based in Espoo, Finland. He has trained hundreds of hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.