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Utilizing Evidence Based Abdominal Exercise Programs for Improving Core Strength and Endurance: A Critical Review Comparing the Analysis of the Effects of Two Abdominal Exercise Programs

By Robelyn A. Garcia

Arizona State University, USA

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Published: Nov 16, 2016 | pg. no: 1-20

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two different abdominal training programs on abdominal strength and endurance, as measured by the bent-knee sit-up test. Twenty females and twenty-two males from two weight training classes were used for this study. Abdominal training programs were randomly assigned to these two classes. Group I participated in a bent-knee sit-up exercise program and Group II participated in a combination curl-up and bent-knee sit-up exercise program. Both groups trained two times a week, for two minutes a workout session, for seventeen sessions. Group I executed bent-knee sit-ups for the seventeen workout sessions. Group II executed curl-ups for the first nine sessions of the training program, then progressed to bent- knee sit-ups for the last eight sessions of the program. It was found that the bent-knee sit-up exercise program was effective and the curl-up/bent-knee sit-up exercise program had no significant effect on abdominal strength and endurance.

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