10 More Core TRAINING Tips…

NOTICE! *This is a article on CORE not six pack abs. I will do further articles on six pack abs, but this is for CORE (with rectus abdominus is just one muscle out of many in the group of CORE musculature) But if you want less injuries, better athletic performance and better spinal stability, than this article is for you.

Tip #1 – Perform squats and Olympic lifts to increase core strength and power. A new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research provides more evidence that dynamic multi-joint movements are best to train the core musculature, and that they are absolutely essential for athletes.

Tip #2 – Do dead lifts to build a stronger back and tighter core. In addition to a leaner, stronger mid-section, including dead lifts in your training can help prevent lower back pain.

Tip #3 – The Overhead Press…Talk about truly functional core work! Athletes with great overhead pressing strength tend to have rock-solid core strength.

Tip #4 – Do the plank as your primary core exercise…NOT!!

Tip #5 – Take note that chin-ups and pull-ups are always preferred over the lat pulldown because you have to move your entire bodyweight. Plus, they both engage the core musculature significantly more than the seated pulldown

Tip #6 – Odd lifts improve your grip, your stabilizer strength, and your core strength. This the new wave of real functional training as opposed to curling on a swiss ball with a pink dumbbell

Tip #7 – I’m a big believer in using physioballs or stability balls for your linear core work. By allowing your abdominal musculature that extra 15 degrees of movement, you significantly increase the amount of force that can produce

Tip #8 – For more core recruitment for anti-lateral flexion, try offsetting your farmers walk implements by 60% of total weight on one side and 40% on the other for series of 100 feet

Tip #9 – Studies show that recreational sports are far better for you in terms of increases in core strength and trunk stability than steady state running

Tip #10 – The crunch is NOT a core exercise – it’s an AB exercise…ENOUGH SAID!

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