What exercises or programs will help me get abs?
Should I train abs daily?
Will 10000000000000 sit-ups a week help me build up my core?
These are some of the questions we get asked regularly when it comes to core training.
Training your core muscles is not as complicated as you think. The core muscles are responsible protection of your internal organs, assisting in respiration, transfer of force, stabilization of the spine, and much more.
Any type of full-body training involves your core. Big compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, Olympic lifts, and strongman exercises require a massive amount of core stability and strength.
Besides training full-body movements your program should include some direct core training as well. The core muscles are responsible for flexion, extension, rotation, lateral flexion, anti-flexion, anti-extension, and anti-rotation of the spine. Some of these movements will be trained when performing your compound movements. Others will be trained with direct core work.
Here are some examples:
Flexion – sit-ups, reverse curl-ups
Extension – back extensions, supermans
Rotation – Wood Chops, Russian twists
Lateral Flexion – Side plank hip drops
Anti Flexion – deadlifts, arch-body holds, suitcase carries, farmer carries
Anti – Extension – Planks
Anti – Rotation – Pallof Press
What workout routine is best for my core?
The routine that is best for your core muscles will include full-body exercises that indirectly train the core along with direct core training. Be sure to balance your weekly training with a combination of both!