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 Heatrick

    Don Heatrick is owner of Heatrick Strength & Conditioning, is a strength and conditioning coach, Muay Thai coach and former pro Thai boxer from the UK.

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10 thoughts on “Candlesticks – A True Core Strength Exercise

  1. What is the best exercise to strengthen core?…

    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 r…

  2. Is it possible to perform these without the aid of a bench to hold? If not, what would be another good option for a core strength exercise?

  3. […] is a true core strength exercise, that works anti-extension in the sagittal plane and places some demand on your hip flexors […]

  4. As seen on: Bruce Lee’s dragon flag.

  5. Another option is working towards standing ab wheel rollouts. That’s what I’m doing myself right now

  6. I find that my rear shoulders seem to tire before my abs do, and this prevents me from performing enough reps. Do you have any suggestions for this? Or should I just keep doing the exercise and wait for these muscles to strengthen?

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