Knocking out sit-ups like it’s your job isn’t necessarily a bad thing — anything for progress, right? But it’s not the best way to build core strength and function, either. “Most guys focus on flexion-based movements like sit-ups because they want the ‘six-pack’ abs they believe these moves offer,” says Jeff Richter, a strength and conditioning coach at St. Vincent Sports Performance. “They want the ‘show’ muscles, but in the process, they may be neglecting the ‘go’ that core-stability training can offer.” By changing your core routine to focus on movements that limit excessive and unwanted movement of the spine, you can enhance your overall performance both in and out of the gym. Try some of these unsung core moves to get stronger, and more stable, without all of the incessant crunches.
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