List of Core Exercises – Instructions & Videos

This page looks at a wide range of core exercises. Core workouts are used to help a martial artist’s rotational or twisting power which contributes to stronger kickspunches and grappling techniques. Moreover, stronger core muscles allow martial artists to better absorb hits (i.e. withstand punches to the stomach). Martial artists use these core exercises in order to strengthen their abs, obliques and lower back. If you are looking for more traditional martial arts strength exercises (i.e. Hojo Undo), please visit the main Strength Training section.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For additional exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Physical Fitness section.

Wiki – Strength Training Books

List of Core Exercise Workouts – with written and/or video instructions.

Core Exercises Questions

What is considered your core muscles?

Core muscles consist of abdominal, oblique and lower back muscles. These muscles control the movement of a person’s torso (middle section of the body). Strong core muscles help athletes to generate greater power due to improved rotational strength. This results in stronger throws, improved kicking power, faster bat or golf club speed, more powerful punches, etc. Some classic core muscle exercises include planks, crunches, bridges and sit-ups.

Martial Arts Core Workout

Core Exercises – Plank Exercise with Medicine Balls

Core Exercises

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