Last weekend, I learned this series for core activation and hip functionality from world class strength coach, Loren Landow. Loren has coached countless NFL and UFC standouts, including retired superstar Shane Carwin.
Carwin told me that THIS short core activation series, which Landow uses as part of his general warm-up, made a bigger difference in his game than any other exercise. Try it for yourself.
Use this modified Mt. Climber movement for building abdominal strength. You’ll also need strong arms, shoulders, and back to maintain the correct position for the exercise.
Swimmer kicks will help you develop a strong low back and glutes, on your way to a stable core. Remember; it’s not all about your abs 😉
Full contact twists are great for learning to transfer power created by leg drive through a stiff core, and use it in your upper body. Punch harder, throw faster, swing a bat or a golf club more powerfully. Tie it all together here.
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Remember that your core does more than the simple flexion involved in crunches and sit-ups. You need stability and strength in all planes of motion. Side planks are a great start for lateral stability.
The plank is a great exercise for core strength and spinal stability. When building core strength, this is where we start.
Anyone with a desk job knows that lots of daily sitting can cause back pain. Hunching over a desk and computer all day leaves many with tight abs and shortened hip flexors. Prevent back pain now by training for good posture! Bridging is a great way to stretch out the tight muscles on the front of your body, including your abs and hip flexors. It takes some strength, but think of the shoulder workout as an added bonus.
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This is a great bodyweight exercise for core strength, shoulder stability, and flexibility. You’ll stretch your hamstrings, abs, and hip flexors. Try adding this to your warm-up or use in boot-camp workouts!
The Turkish Get-Up is a great exercise for shoulder stability and core strength. You’ll basically just stand up while supporting a weight overhead, but there’s more to it than that. Learn the correct form and each step in the process in this video.
This exercise will help you develop core strength and a stable spine. Relieve and prevent low back pain, while improving athletic performance. This move might seem basic, but it’s important for novices and serious athletes alike.