7 Core Strength Exercises to Improve Performance and Develop your Abs

These lesser known exercises will help you to build an indestructible core, abs and better movement patterns. In turn this will improve your performances in the Box and on the competition floor.

7. Single Arm DB Overhead Split Squat

The single leg variations are endless. It should keep you busy for a couple months. On the heels of our single Arm Overhead Squat from two days ago, this movement will be a little more accessible for many. The Flexibility to hit this position is significantly less than the double leg squat version. 

Ensure you Body tracks straight up and straight down. 

6. Weight Hollow Hold Scissor Kicks

Controlling a variety of different lower body movement patterns while maintaining a hollow body position requires practice.

We have shown drills before where we attempt to hold isometrics in the core and upper body while moving the lower body through patterns like flutter kicks and wipers. These scissor kicks are yet another pattern that can help grow your motor control in the hips all on top of a stable midline and a solid core workout. 

5. Feet Elevated Ring Plank

Strong core and healthy shoulders are a difference maker in the fitness game. Do not underestimate the power of static bridges, planks, and their variations. A lot can be said for having positions like these in your strength and conditioning program year round. 

4. Tall to Half Kneeling Get Ups With Ball

Tall to half kneeling get ups with an 18″ 100# Ball. These are a great oblique and leg exercise. Try this interesting variation from Sam Dancer.

Tall to half kneeling get ups with the @xdfitofficial 18" 100# these are a great oblique and leg exercise.

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3. Overhead Hold from Tia-Clair Toomey

A great overhead hold to stabilise and strengthen your midline from The Fittest Woman in The World.

2. Punishing Workout from Sam Dancer

This 60 minute AMRAP will test the muscular endurance of your midline, core and entire body as the sheer volume of work takes its toll over time. 

1. Coordination and Movement Drill with Tia and James Newbury

This is a good way to keep your training varied and add some new motor patterns to keep your body guessing. 

More exercises:

7 Functional Bodybuilding Exercises for Performance AND Aesthetics from CrossFit Games Athlete Marcus Filly

7 Great Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility & Strength for Crossfitters

3 Things Elite Crossfit Athletes Do Everyday

About The Author

Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.


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