Candlesticks – A True Core Strength Exercise
Written by Don Heatrick
Finding a true strength exercise for the core is more of a challenge than you might think. Put simply, to increase strength, resistance must high enough to complete a maximum of 5 repetitions only. Sit ups don't cut it, they simply don't offer enough resistance to develop strength —only muscular endurance.
One of my favourite core strength exercises is Candlesticks. Take a look at the following video to see how they're done and how to progress the load. Perform between 3 to 5 sets of 1 to 5 reps in a session.
Add this exercise to your strength sessions and feel the difference in real core strength. Give them a try and let me know how you fared?
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Don is an ex-pro fighter, Muay Thai and strength & conditioning coach from the UK, with over 25-years experience in combat sports and athletic conditioning. He is passionate about all things that lead to improved fight performance and loves sharing what he's learned (and continues to learn) along the way.
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