Real Core Training

What does it really mean to train your core? Doing crunches will not suffice for proper core training.Think practically, what is your core intended for? What is your core by definition?

Your core entails everything but your extremities.

Abs, obliques, lats, pecs and so much more can be defined as the core. So you might as well train them functionally.The core is best trained in unison, together. It was intended to center your body and keep you stable.It was designed to withstand impact, so exercises where you are resisting lateral flexion (side bending) or or spinal rotation (twisting) will light the core up.

In fact, I have found those exercises to work the best.

Exercises like crunches are good, but I would never consider them optimal.I recommend exercises like the following:[video width="864" height="1080" mp4=""][/video]

  • Ball Slams
  • Pain Rainbows (aka Lateral Ball Slams
  • Leg Lift
  • Chainsaw Row

Exercises like those in the video are full body exercises that fully engage the core.

You can either work long and hard doing tedious little ab workouts or work smarter and harder with exercises that are more functionally demanding.Try some of these exercises in the video and let us know what you think!