Does a defined six pack really mean a STRONG core?
The six pack... Every guy’s dream body consists of it, and every
girl’s dream guy has one.

Okay not everyone’s, but still the majority.

But does a defined six pack really mean a STRONG core?

Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any
direction as well as having proper balance. It helps prevent falls
and supports your body. So having a strong core is beneficial to

literally EVERYONE because it allows your body to function
properly.

So how does one really achieve a STRONGER core?

#1 — Planks

Many trainers dispute the effectiveness of planks nowadays, but I
still regard planks as one of the best exercises to a stronger core.

The reason why it is disputed is because once you can hold a 2
minute plank, there really is no point to go any longer as it
becomes ineffective.

HOWEVER, the amount of plank variations that can help increase
your core strength are undeniable.

Side planks, plank hip twists, elbow planks, full planks, plank to
push ups, elevated leg plank, single leg planks... you get the idea.

So once you progress from a 30 second to 1 minute plank, there is
an entire library of plank variations to progress even further with!

#2 -Dead Bugs

The dead bug is a safe and effective way to strengthen and
stabilize your core, spine, and back muscles. This improves your
posture and helps relieve and prevent low back pain. You’ll also
improve balance and coordination.

Dead bugs are such a great exercise for all the above reasons, but
also because if you’ve ever had a back injury, this is the #1 exercise
that your rehab specialist will most likely recommend.

So even though they may not be the ultimate exercise for someone
who can hold a 2 minute plank, or someone who can squat
500lbs, for the beginner, dead bugs are undeniably the best way to

progress.

#3 — Hollow mans/rocks

Anyone who has done a hollow man before knows why they are on
this list.

Sure they look easy, until you actually try to do it, and you realize
you have the core strength of a toddler.

The reason hollow mans are a great exercise is because it helps
with midline control.

For many ab movements, have you flex your spine. The hollow
man is unique because, like a plank, it forces you to keep a neutral
spine as you hold the position. As a result, the core will be trained
to support that spine in this specific neutral position as your
muscles fight to stabilize your body and prevent rotation. And you
want to keep a neutral spine for moves like squats, overhead
presses, and deadlifts.

So in other words, your whole anterior chain as well as your
posterior chain will be activated during this movement.

Who doesn’t love an all in one movement?

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, my personal top 3 core
exercises for a stronger core!