6 Best Core Stability Exercises to Level Up Your Workouts

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1. Forearm Plank with Hip Extension

This exercise not only strengthens your core, but also your posterior chain (the muscles on the back of your torso.

The added component of the hip extension poses a challenge to the stability of the glutes and hamstrings.

Forearm Plank with Hip Extension

2. Side Plank

This core stability exercise challenges your balance, requiring you to rely on your side trunk muscles to maintain your body off the ground.

If the exercise is too challenging, perform a modified side plank with your right knee on the ground.

Side Plank

3. Side Plank with Hip Abduction

This core stability exercise predominantly targets the obliques, shoulders, glutes, and hip abductors.

Lie on the right side of the body with the right forearm resting in line with the right shoulder on the floor.

Side Plank with Hip Abduction

4. Kneeling Paloff Press

The Palloff press is a great anti-rotational core exercise that can help build core stability with dynamic movements.

Due to the base of support and the need to maintain an upright position with the pelvis and knees. 

Kneeling Paloff Press

5. Half-Kneeling Paloff Press

This variation of the Paloff press has a limited base of support to further test your core stability.

The movement should be controlled and without momentum.

Half-Kneeling Paloff Press

6. Bird Dog

This dynamic core stability exercise measures the trunk's anti-rotation and anti-extension capacity while strengthening the back, glutes, and scapula muscles. 

The goal is to maintain the back as straight and stable as possible while the limbs move.

Bird Dog

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