5 Tough Static Hold Abs Exercises to Build Core Strength

Static hold abs exercises, as simple as they sound, are hard but extremely useful exercises to build full core strength and stability.

Toes-to-bar will not be a problem if you dominate an L- Sit; front squats and handstand walks will get easier; even Olympic lifts will feel more comfortable when your core is strong and functional. Static holds are exactly what they sound like: a static position held for a period of time.

Key benefits of static hold abs exercises in training are:

  • Increased muscular endurance
  • Increased muscular strength
  • Toning
  • Time-saving


The hollow body position is one of the foundational gymnastic approaches to midline stability. It is the basis for solid gymnastics movement.

Abs Exercises – Hollow Hold Technique

  • Lie down flat on your back and push the belly button down towards the floor, your lower back should be touching the ground
  • Keep your abs and butt tight at all times, with your arms pointed straight overhead and legs straight with toes pointed
  • Start slowly raising your legs and shoulders off the ground
  • Your head should come off the ground along with your shoulders, with your ears are glued between your shoulders
  • Stay tight with your abs and butt and find the lowest position you can have your arms and legs without them touching the ground AND without breaking your lower back

To develop your hollow hold, you can start with your arms and legs higher and slowly build up strength until they can be held lower without breaking the position

Being able to hold the hollow body position is key in gymnastics, whether you’re in a handstand, in a support hold on p-bars or rings, or doing straight and broad jumps.

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