Can you pass the core test?
I’m talking 2 continuous minutes in a push-up position plank.
This is one of my go-to assessments for all students.
Most “fit” people can handle the first minute no problem. It’s the next minute where we really see how firm the foundation is.
Get the shakes? Saggy back? Shoulders give out?
As is often the case in exercise, getting stronger means more work on the basics.
Work your traditional planks, then give these 3 moves a shot:
Here’s how I might program these into a strength workout:
1/2 Hollow Holds x 3 breaths per side
Tactical pull-up x 2-4
Repeat for 5 Minutes
1-Arm Plank/Side Plank x 10s each
Band Pull-aparts x 20
As part of upper body warm-up
A) L-Sit progressions – 5 sets of 3
B) Barbell Rows – 5 sets of 5
As main accessory lifts…
Incorporate one or all of these into your training and see just how well core strength translates into every other lift!
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