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Core Strength – What are the Top 5 exercises?

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Here is a recent post directed to me on the Elite Q/A:

Jim what are your 5 favorite standing abdominal movements?

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Cory,

In no particular order, here are some of the top abdominal exercises.

- zercher squat, bracing the torso, under tension, while engaging movements of the lower body

- explosive med ball rotational throws, no deceleration

- core statics – lateral shuffles with agitation and breathing regulation, anti-rotation

- pull-ups – upper back muscular is an essential component of core strength

- deadlifts – full body movement requiring bracing (rigidity) and is essential for developing posterior chain, the other half of the core

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6 Responses to “Core Strength – What are the Top 5 exercises?”

  1. Bill Says:

    Hi Jim,
    Another great post. Could you provide examples of explosive med ball rotational throws, no deceleration and core statics – lateral shuffles with agitation and breathing regulation, anti-rotation. Thanks!

  2. Jim Smith Says:

    Here are the Core Statics articles:
    http://www.elitefts.com/documents/CoreStaticsQuickExercise.htm

    http://www.elitefts.com/documents/core_statics_2.htm

    Med Ball Rotational Throws are just throw with a med ball in a rotational pattern. As described, this means is excellent for building explosive power because the implement is released and there is no end-range deceleration.

  3. Joe Peebles Says:

    Event training cannot be beaten for Strength Athletics but for core building;
    Bench Press;
    Squat;
    Dead Lift;
    Rows;
    Clean and Jerks:
    Simple and effective and arms/legs get usage in directly

  4. William Stonich Says:

    Amen to the excercises mentioned above. Now clean and jerks and deadlifts are unheard of in commercial gyms(24hr fitness) and so on.

  5. John Vinci Says:

    These 5 can more than satisfy the needs of all athletes or strength trainers: dead lift, military press, squat, clean & jerks, bench press.

  6. Ste Says:

    those mentioned above, with pullups added

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