In today’s post CDSF coach Mike Sirani goes over four progressions you can make to core training exercises like deadbugs, planks, and suitcase carries.
To progress a core stability exercise from beginner to intermediate or advanced we’ll often add a shoulder or hip stability challenge to the exercise while still having to use your abs to maintain a neutral position of your spine.
Give these four core training exercise progressions a try and let us know how they go!
1. Deadbugs with Mini-Band– Adding a mini-band around your feet during the deadbug will not only help with core activation, but will also challenge your hip flexors on the up leg.
2. Kneeling Side Plank with Clamshell– This is a great exercises to challenge your obliques and glutes to work together to stabilize your spine and hips.
3. Front Plank Plate Switches– When progressing a front plank we’ll often add movement of your extremities instead of adding on time. The plate switch also adds in a shoulder stability challenge as you move the plates from one side of your body to the other.
4. KB Waiters Crosswalk– Adding in overhead kettlebell hold to your suitcase carry will not only increase the challenge for your anterior core, but also improve your overhead shoulder stability.