Abs Exercises to Build a Solid Core

These alternative CrossFit Abs exercises will attack and strengthen your core in completely unique ways. Marcus Filly is a multiple time CrossFit Games athlete, known for his extensive work in functional bodybuilding and pushing the frontiers of fitness in pioneering and exciting ways. Try adding these abs exercises into your training and keep things varied, fresh, fun and effective. 

Abs Exercises will help you develop a strong core, which is essential for any athlete. Six pack abs are not – but they are fun, and also a goal for some people. CrossFit always puts function first, unlike bodybuilding for example, which generally prioritises aesthetics over fitness. The former is a healthy approach, because your body becomes defined by what it can do, and not just by how it looks.

In the end it all comes down to what you are training for, and what goals you would like to reach. Whatever your targets, these 8 sit up exercises will help you to forge a strong core and six pack abs. Remember that without the right nutrition, you will not see or experience any meaningful results.

Words by Marcus Filly.

 

RING STAR PLANK

Advanced Core Movement! The star plank combines lateral core and hip isometric contractions and is tough to balance. Add in the ring stability demand and you have the recipe for a full body contraction requirement that will make even the strongest athletes shake. Approach at your own RISK!

 

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KETTLEBELL TURKISH SIT UPS

Keeping the arms locked throughout the entire movement is critical. When you reach the top of the repetition we want to see that the arms are pointed directly to the ceiling, the biceps are close the the ears, and there is a straight line from KB to shoulder, to hip. This is perfect movement to use within a conditioning workout or as part of a warm up.

 

 

 

BAND RESISTED DEADBUG

The deadbug is one of our favorite hollow body core motor control exercises. The band resisted variation helps to ensure the the athlete learns how to coordinate their upper body with lower body around a hollow body.  

 

 

 

ELBOW TO TALL PLANK

Also known as the Plank Walk Up, this drill is a great combination of core strength and single arm pressing strength. The shifting of load from one shoulder to the other as you press up through the plank positions will help build great shoulder stability and pushing strength for beginner and intermediate athletes. You will also get some asymmetrical core stimulus therefore leading to some rotational core work.

 

 

 

 

BENT HOLLOW ROCK

Hollow rocks can be scaled very easily by shortening the levers. I love using bent hollow rocks not just for beginner athletes that have not progressed to full hollow rocks yet, but also for intermediate and advanced athletes in settings where they are fatigued and are losing position with a traditional extended hollow positions. Consider starting with a full hollow position (arms and legs straight) and then as you fatigue shorten the levers as shown here for added reps or time under tension.

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy inserting those movements on your training routine and fuel up to help your recovery sessions!

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