Originally Posted by Chirogator
I think lots of moves from gymnastics are unparalleled in their ability to strengthen the core or abdomen or whatever you choose to call it. Not a big fan of the kipping pull up (which isn't really true gymnastics) or some of the ballistic movements through the lumbar spine you sometimes see in gymnastics but front levers, planches, L-sits and lots of other similar moves are fantastic. You just gotta walk before you run so maybe developing decent core stability with other exercises before trying those out might not be a bad idea. Same goes with the Bruce Lee move. You need ridiculous amounts of core strength to be able to pull that off properly.
You're preaching to the choir on the kipping pullup. It's merely a means to an end in gymnastics. I don't see the point of doing 40 of them.
Did tuck planches today. I'm just getting to where I can get the hips level with the shoulders ... and right now my spinae erector feel like they generally do after a deadlifting session.