Having a strong core is essential to help you be a better athlete. With a strong core, you’ll be able to lift heavier and with proper form. Not only that, having a strong core is actually beneficial for preventing back problems too...and with the added bonus that you’ll have abs of steel.
We’ve put together some tips to give you a strong core.
This sounds obvious but you need to make the time. Yes, abs are made in the kitchen, but working on them will help them to become stronger. So many people who lift don’t really take training abs seriously like they do legs, chest or back.
Add a 10-15 minute ab circuits to your training a few times a week and you will see a major improvement not just with your core but with your other lifts too.
Mix It Up
Like any other workout, it’s good to mix up your exercises and challenge your core. Keep changing your workouts and keep your core engaged in different ways. There is more than the typical ab exercises too; some people try pilates or yoga which are great for targeting the core.
Perfect Your Form
Most gyms offer an ab workout class for you to try. If not, either watch informative videos if you workout from home or ask a PT at your gym to check your form. Like with any other body part you train, you don’t want to get an injury.
Having a strong core can prevent or ease back pain whilst increasing the support on your spine. If you’re suffering from back pain then try some low-intensity exercises such as bird dogs or sie bridges.
Aid back pain with supplements too to help with your exercises. Our OmegaRev is great for supporting joints as well as your immune system, heart and brain.
Working your abs doesn’t have to be complex, some of the most simple exercises can have the best results. For example the plank: this is something you can improve on with time too. It engages most of your abdominal muscles and over time you can progress from half-plank to full plank. Then you could progress by improving the time you can hold your plank for.
Dead bugs are another simple exercise that you may not have heard of, yet they’re one of the most effective. Lie on your back with your arms extended and knees bent at a 90-degree angle with your calves parallel to the floor. From there extend and lower your left leg and bring up your right arm whilst keeping your lower back in contact with the floor. Return to the start position and alternate with the opposite arm and leg. Being slow and having control is key.
Whatever your goals are- lifting heavier, improving your posture, easing back pain or just wanting more defined abs, we hope these tips have been useful to you in some way!