Abdominal-workouts

5 Core and Abdominal Workouts to Improve Performance and Build Abs

Almost every movement you make in and out of the Box involves your core, working on making it stronger should be on every athlete’s list

Abdominal workouts are vital for all athletes. Your core, working together with the trunk of muscles that make up your torso, helps stabilize your spine and acts as a foundation for all functional movements and good posture.

A strong core is vital to overall fitness. It will make pretty much any activity easier; from basic exercises like running to more complex moves like legless rope climbs.

The core stabilizes the body and a strong one will reduce your risk of injury, as it is the foundation that allows you to move well.

By testing and training your core in various ways, you will be able to build solid overall core strength. Here are five core and abdominal workouts that involve different parts of the muscle group you should try out.

WOD 1

L Sits work your entire core instead of targeting a specific muscle group. L sits demand perfect form, so they’re a great way to identify any weaknesses.

EMOM 10

  • 20 Second L-Sit Hold (rings or parallettes)
  • 20 Second Hollow Rock
  • 20 Seconds of Sit-Ups

WOD 2

Toes to bar have featured every CrossFit Open since its inception, so they’re not only a great exercise to improve your core but also a reasonably solid bet to improve your performance at the Open.

To swing your legs up to the bar while hanging is a great core and grip exercise. Try out the Open 16.2 WOD.

  • AMRAP in 20 minutes
  • Continue until 4 minutes:
  • 25 Toes-to-Bars
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 15 Squat Cleans (135/85 lb)

 

  • If completed before 4 minutes, continue until 8 minutes:
  • 25 Toes-to-Bars
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 13 Squat Cleans (185/115 lb)

 

  • If completed before 8 minutes, continue until 12 minutes:
  • 25 Toes-to-Bars
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 11 Squat Cleans (225/145 lb)

 

  • If completed before 12 minutes, continue until 16 minutes:
  • 25 Toes-to-Bars
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 9 Squat Cleans (275/175 lb)

 

  • If completed before 16 minutes, continue until 20 minutes:
  • 25 Toes-to-Bars
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 7 Squat Cleans (315/205 lb)

A SIMPLE 5-STEP TOES TO BAR PROGRESSION FOR ALL CROSSFITTERS 

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