But before you venture to the gym in order to do 500 unearthly crunches, why not stop for a second and look at core strength in a more natural way?
Your abs will never actually do an isolated crunch movement in real-life situations, so there’s no need to waste your time with this exercise.
Instead, your torso will usually make a twist-like movement, making twister exercises much more beneficial for core strength.
With that in mind, here are a few twists that will add power and strength to your core better than any other exercise.
Standing Bar Twist
This exercise is what replicates real motion the best. Imagine throwing a punch – you’ll be standing up and pushing one side of your body in front of you in order to deliver maximum impact. That’s why the standing bar twist is so important.
Here are the steps:
- Stand up with a bar on your shoulders like you’re doing barbell squats.
- With feet slightly wider than shoulder width, twist your torso one way as far as you can.
- Reverse the motion and twist the other way. Repeat for 15-20 times.
Note: This exercise is done with feet firmly fixed on the ground. However, you can allow the foot opposite of the way you’re twisting to twist with you to get more motion range. You can also add some weights to the bar to make the move more challenging.
Decline Situp Twist
Now it’s time to step your game up. By doing the decline situp twist, you push your core not only into twisting, but also into keeping your body fixed halfway in a situp.
Here is how it’s done:
- Sit on the floor, the situp bench, or the roman chair and grab a plate.
- While holding the plate on your chest, raise your torso to a ½ situp position.
- Twist each way as far as you can. Repeat for 15-20 reps.