There's more to training the core than planks. Here's a great med ball exercise to train your core for what it's designed to do:
This split stance med ball exercise challenges your core to be stable in response to explosive external action. This exercise targets your deep core muscles that support your spine and pelvis.
Keep the line between your belly button and ribs short. Imagine taking a punch in the stomach to keep yourself in a good core posture. Sharply move the ball diagonally across the body and stop abruptly. Aim to keep the rest of your body completely still around the movement of the ball.
HOW TO USE:
Use this as during any workout for core focus. This pairs nicely with any grip dominant exercise like pull-up or rows. Use a med ball between 6-12lbs. Shoot for 2-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions.
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