5 Crucial Exercises For Building a Strong Core

5 Exercises Crucial to Building a Strong Core

Core training has been a staple in strength and conditioning programs for as long as I can remember. I can recall doing hundreds of sit ups, crunches and other exercises during my time in high school. Gone are those days as well as those exercises. We have since learned that those exercises do not build the core for function, back health and performance on the field.

The core musculature is made to resist the movements mentioned above while providing a stable foundation for which movement to occur from our legs and hips. The core is also responsible for allowing force to be transmitted from the ground and through the body in an efficient manner without energy leaks. Finally, a strong core will help prevent injuries not only to the back but the rest of the body as well due to an efficient system of force production that is provided.

Below are our favorite core training exercises that we use with our athletes:

Plank Variations

-Prone Planks
-Tall Planks
-Plank Walk Ups
-Side Planks


Bridge Variations

-Double Leg
-Single leg
-Double Leg Elevated
-Single Leg Elevated
-Stability Ball


Bird Dog Variations

-With movement


Curl Ups

-Medicine ball


Loaded Carries

-Suitcase Carry
-Farmers Carry
-Waiters Carry
-1 Up 1 Down Carry

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