Core Workout in ONE Exercise (HARD BUT WORTH IT!!)

Work your core on every exercise by training like an athlete here

Core workouts are often confused with ab workouts. It’s easy to see why that is, because people use the two words interchangeably. If you really want to distinguish between the two however you have to understand that the core consists of many more muscle groups than just the abs. The core is comprised of virtually all of the muscles in the pelvis and trunk like the external obliques, internal obliques, serratus, hip muscles and even the lats.

In this video, I show you what may be the greatest or best core exercise you can do; the front lever. The lever is a hard ab exercise that requires great strength in not just the abs. You see, in order to do this core workout staple well you need to be sure that you are using much more than your abs to do it. Your glutes and lats are going to need to be plenty strong as well in order to start cranking out rep after rep of the front lever.

The key to performing this exercise in your next core workout is to initiate the move from your shoulder joint and lats, as if you are performing a straight arm pushdown. Of course, the pullup bar is fixed and will not move so the force of your lat contraction will help to elevate your lower body up towards the bar. You will want to really squeeze your glutes hard to prevent your body from sagging and to help maintain a straight body from the legs to the shoulders.

Your abs will be firing as you fight to resist the force of gravity that is acting to push you into lumbar extension or even torso rotation if you aren’t symmetrically strong in your arms during the exercise. If you can master the contraction of all three areas at once, you will see that this core exercise becomes much easier to perform and therefore may once again find it’s way back into your core workouts.

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