10 CrossFit Abs Workouts to Test your Strength through Different Planes of Motion

CrossFit Abs Workouts are a great way to build a strong, stable core that will protect you from injury and enhance your performances in the box. Your core stabilises and controls much of your movements. 

The movements of our body occur along three different planes. A great deal of WODs and exercises virtually ignore the third. Here’s how to attack, train and strengthen this weakness using the following CrossFit Abs Workouts.

Muscles of the Core

Movements of the Core

Action of the Trunk What the Action Looks Like (Move Your Body!) Primary Muscles
Trunk flexion Bend forward, or “curl up” action Rectus abdominis (trunk flexors)
Trunk extension Stand up straight (from bent over), bend backwards Erector spinae (back extensors)
Trunk rotation (ipsilateral and contralateral rotation) Twist to the left and right Internal and external obliques
Lateral trunk flexion Bend to the side Obliques and one side of rectus abdominis and erector spinae
Compression of the abdomen Draw your belly button into your spine Transverse abdominis
Spinal stability Holds your spine stable during movement Multifidi

crossfit abs workoutsSource: CrossFit Inc


Think about the exercises you do. Squats, thrusters, deadlifts, clean and jerks, pull-ups, handstand push-ups; in all these movements the weight is transferred up and down along a straight line. All these movements occur along the sagittal plane. The sagittal plane divides the body into two symmetrical halves – left and right.

1 Sagittal Plane CrossFit Abs Workout

  • 21 Strict toes to bar
  • 21 Overhead squats
  • 15 Strict toes to bar
  • 15 Overhead squats
  • 9 Strict toes to bar
  • 9 Overhead squats

For the weight, Men should use 50kg and Women 35kg. 


5 sets not for time of:

  • 20 V-Ups
  • 15 Tuck Crunches
  • 20 Second Hollow Hold
  • 20 Second Arch Hold


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