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?
Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning
Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.
Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.