Abdominal work for Starting Strength/Practical Programming?

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  1. drumbandit

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    I'm three months into working out and decided to switch to the Novice Program in Rippetoe's Practical Programming book so I can get stronger in the big 3. I don't currently have the book (it's in the mail) but I do have Starting Strength.

    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ:The_Program#Three_Flavors_of_Starting_Strength

    I'm surprised that the program(s) doesn't call for any specific abdominal work. Should I expect that abdominals will get stronger as my squat/deadlift numbers go up?
     
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    It won't hurt you to do some kind of core work every time you train.
     
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    heavy squats and deadlifts will work your core
     
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    throw some more ab work in one or two times a week.
     
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    Do some assistance ab work on your squat and DL days. Don't go all bro and dedicate a day to it. Squatting and DLs will work it plenty.

    DB side bends
    Hanging leg raises
    Weighted decline situps
    Various ab movements with cable machine

    Check out www.exrx.net for some example
     
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    i'm happy with my core strenghth.

    Outside of squats and deads, things i do specifically include:

    -Full Contact Twists
    -Cable Crunches (kneeling and standing)
    -pitchfork lifts (actually been a while)
    -Suitcase deadlifts
     
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    The only exercises I would recommend specifically for core is the ab wheel, which is amazingly tough if you've never tried it, and maybe something like a russian twist. Your core is designed for stabilization, so you should train it that way instead of using movements that involve trunk flexion. Things like single-arm cable rows and single arm shoulder press are great to add into your program because they make the core do a lot of stabilization in addition to hitting the primary muscle.
     
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    The point is really to break you of the concept that you need tons of abdominal work. Squats and deadlifts very heavily tax your abdominals. That being said, three sets of weighted decline sit-ups twice a week isn't a bad idea.
     
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