Athletic core exercises to develop strength and stability in the core muscles. Both abs and obliques are covered!
Athletic training focuses a lot on core training because it is the core stability that will allow you to control your movement in many athletic endeavours.
Even when the going gets tough and you need to be fast, agile and explosive, a great core stability will allow you to keep your composure and have control over your rapid movements.
Core also plays a major role in almost all movements that you do. Especially the obliques produce a great deal of rotational power that you need in twisting and bending movements like throwing, hitting and punching.
This control and ability to keep your composure is what makes you agile, fast and functional in general.
You can be healthy and strong without focusing on stability training, but it's hard to be truly athletic and functional without also having good levels of stability in your scapula, core and hips. Mobility and stability are the two forces that balance each other.
Here we have demonstrated 6 excellent exercises to train the core for strength, stability and movement. The plank movements focus mostly on core stability, whereas the crunching movements focus more on mobility of the core.
With the core stability planks you need to focus on keeping the core still. The purpose of the leg movements is to solely create instability and thus make stabilizing more difficult.
All of these exercises can be done in one workout. 3 sets per exercise until your muscles get tired should be enough.
For more complete, versatile and effective core training routines, check out our Abs 20XX guide - it is high level core training.