Core Articles

Staying balanced and powerful starts with the core, the collection of muscles around an athlete's lower back and midsection. Train your core with advanced movements or get started with a few beginner-level exercises. STACK will show you the right way to get abs as an athlete and explain how your core can help you perform better in your sport with workouts and tips from the best in the business.

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Unilateral vs. Bilateral Training: What's Best for Athletes?

When it comes to resistance training, most movements fall into two categories—unilateral exercises or bilateral exercises. Unilateral exercises a...

Why Crunches Are Ruining Your Ability to Sprint Faster

If you've been paying attention, you know that Crunches are no longer a favorite exercise of elite athletes and the people who train them. Unless y...

More than a Six Pack: 3 Keys to Building Functional, Performance-Enhancing Core Strength

A well-developed core is not only the prominent feature of a good physique, it's the foundation of an elite athlete. Strength, power and stability all...

4 Things That Every Young Pitcher Should Address

When looking at the most effective way to train young pitchers, we need to project out three or four years (or more) and consider the "long-term athle...

Build a Better Body With These 7 Swiss Ball Exercises

Swiss Balls are a tremendous training tool. When used correctly, these simple spheres can help build a stronger, leaner and more resilient body. Th...

LeBron's Secret to Being Better Than Ever in Season 15? Superhuman Core Strength

With his recent play, 33-year-old LeBron James has ascended to yet another level of basketball greatness. He may soon find himself in a stratosphere w...

Top Strength Coaches Used to Love These Exercises—Now They Know Better

As a trainer, progression is everything. Just as exercises have progressions, it's your responsibility to continually evolve your education, methods, ...

How a Yoga Ball and a Resistance Band Can Help Athletes Build the Best Type of Core Strength

"Anti-core training" is a massively important piece of the athletic development puzzle. The term "anti" refers to the resisting of lumbar flexion, ...

The Steel Mace: Why Every Athlete Should Know This Unique Piece of Equipment

My earliest memories of athletic training revolve around conventional equipment. You know, the barbells, dumbbells and weight plates that make up most...

9 Unique Ways You Can Use a Foam Roller to Become a Better Athlete

A foam roller has an extremely boring job. It usually lays somewhere in the corner of a fitness facility or weight room, waiting for you to pick it...

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