Exercise selection

13.77 Choose exercises you can safely perform over the long term. With experience you will find the exercises that best suit your body structure and personal preferences. Once you have found your preferred major core exercises, then you can stick with them over the long term. It is a fallacy that you must regularly change your exercises in order to keep progressing. Changing your exercises around excessively is even counterproductive because it stops you from applying yourself to a given group of exercises for long enough to really milk them dry.

13.78 One person's selection of a safe, enjoyable and productive core group of exercises may be very different from another's. ^is is why many exercises and variations are described in the insider's tell-all handbook on weight-training technique.

13.79 In my youth, the squat and bench press were core exercises that I did with almost religious consistency, and later on the barbell deadlift became a core exercise. But due to abusive exercise technique, and downright foolishness, I damaged my back and knees. I was not using good exercise technique, and I paid a heavy price. As a result I now cannot safely perform the barbell squat and conventional deadlift. I also cannot safely perform the Trap Bar bent-legged deadlift. So my core leg and back exercises have had to change—to the leg press and Trap Bar stiff-legged deadlift for a period, superseded by the Tru-Squat and stiff-legged deadlift from just below knee height. (^e Tru-Squat is a unique patented machine manufactured by Southern Xercise—see page 481.) And purely out of personal preference I no longer bench press. I prefer the parallel bar dip.

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