Since starting a career as a Strength & Conditioning Coach one constant in my training programming has always been the use of core training. It is an aspect of training that has a significant value across many sports and is also incredibly diverse in nature. Whether we use it for athlete warm-ups, tempo activities, or general fitness components of training it is ever present in our training programs and a major starting block whether it be an elite level athlete or a brand novice athlete with no prior training experience.
Aside from the occasional leg raises and ab crunches mixed into a workout, core exercises can often be neglected or even absent. The benefits of training the muscles around your trunk and pelvis allow energy to transfer from the large to small body parts during many sporting activities, since power generates from the larger torque creating muscle groups.
I am going to go away from some more traditional selections of core exercises and introduce some unique choices that might not be the first many would think of when they mention core training (but these may also be some of the favorites of other coaches). They are great overall core exercises that if prescribed with the right program can benefit the athlete in a variety of ways.
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