The Importance Of Core Work with Athletes

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The Abdominals among athletes are often worked a bunch during practices with teams and skill

coaches but often are only for high reps or long sets. Usually they aren’t trained heavy which is

a huge reg flag and will limit their ability to push heavy squats and deadlifts. What’s even worse

is the lack of oblique training. The oblique’s tie the front to the back so for sports that involve a

lot of rotation and require rotational power an athlete may leave a lot of potential for sport

performance on the table. With my athletes we train the abs and obliques typically 2-3 times a

week. Switching between standing, prone & lying with heavy or light resistance.


Here are some of our go to’s:

-Weighted side/regular planks

-standing cable/band abs or side bends

-45 degree hyper or GHD static abs

-Cable/band cross body abs

-Lying Db oblique/ab raises

-Hanging Leg raise/knee raises or Toe touches to bar




-Westside Barbell Personal Training and Athletic Coaching Certified
-Byrd Sports Performance Certified Coach

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