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7 Great Exercises/Workouts for Defined Abs and a Powerful Core for Crossfit

Get strong, ripped and toned with these efficient and excellent core exercises!


5 rounds not for time

  • 15 back extensions
  • 5 Romanian deadlifts (60% 1rm)
  • 5 OHS (60% 1rm)

Take your time. This of this workout as accessory work.

The back extension a perfect way to target your posterior chain. The narrative that runs through the majority of contemporary fitness information tells people that abs are the simulacrum for a healthy and fit core. As you already know, this isn’t true. Your core is interconnected and involves many muscle groups working together to stabilise your body, control and generate force, and move objects (such as weights) through the full range of motion for a specific exercise.

A problem with this erroneous fitness narrative is that it completely ignores the vital role that the core plays in stabilizing your lower spine. If an individual neglects their lower back and core, in favour of the rectus adominis at the front, then this can have pretty bad consequences. Back extensions are a great way to fortify your lower back and core. They can be done on a GHD, on the floor (if you are just starting out) and even weighted to increase the level of difficulty. There are many variations to try as well, such as this mobility warm up from Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet.

Morning accessory work!!! Getting that back ready for the games!! And waking up those shoulders before doing some snatch! Thanks @fatlittleelbows for the help! Hope I did these right! #workhard #beproud … Appearance from @denthomas7 in the back lol

A video posted by Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (@camillelbaz) on May 24, 2016 at 1:43pm PDT

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